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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 7:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced pension for handloom weavers to be disbursed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

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During the launch of ‘Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana’ on the occasion of National Handloom Day, Chief Minister announced pension scheme for handloom weavers in the state. Under the scheme, Rs 500 a month pension would be credited to the bank account of handloom weavers above the age of 60 and Rs 700 for weavers above 80.

“Today on this occasion of National Handloom Day, Odisha government launched Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana for our weavers. Weavers having 20 years of working experience and above 60 years of age will get a monthly financial assistance of Rs 500 and after attaining the age of 80; it will be enhanced to Rs 700 per month. It will be directly credited to their bank accounts,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after the launching function at Jaidev Bhawan here.

Earlier in the day, Patnaik greeted the weavers on National Handloom Day on Twitter.

“On #NationalHandloomDay, greetings to our weavers for carving a niche for #Odisha’s unique weaves around the globe,” Patnaik tweeted.

“People from the weavers’ community will be provided financial assistance of Rs 700 per month which will directly go to their bank accounts. We hope this will definitely help augment their financial resources,” Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Minister Snehangini Chhuria said.

With this, around 8000 beneficiaries would be benefitted from the scheme.