Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 28:
Odisha government will soon bring out a progressive ‘Handlooms and Handicraft policy’ for the development of hand-loom and handicrafts sector in the state as well as development of weavers and artisans.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed officials to formulate a final draft proposal within a month for the purpose.
The Chief Minister issued the directive at a high level meeting held at the state secretariat here to review programmes and tasks undertaken by the Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts department.
Patnaik advised the department to fine tune ‘special packages’ for weavers, artisans and tassar farmers to make it the most attractive package in the country.
The Chief Minister further directed expediting revival of sick cooperatives, holding of skill development training programmes, establishment of textile parks and craft museums etc..
Moreover, Patnaik ordered arrangements to be made for provision of ‘special old age pension’ to weavers above the age of 60.
Lives of 48,514 weavers, 12,000 artisans and 14,273 tassar farmers have been insured and 46,531 weaver families and 18,957 tassar farmer families have been covered under health insurance schemes, it was revealed at the meeting.
It was further revealed at the meeting that provision of funds has been made for development of ten clusters each for handlooms and handicrafts.
All weaver and artisan families in the state will be provided with solar lanterns by 2016-17.
While 10 new raw material banks will be established in handloom clusters, 5,000 weavers and 20,000 artisans will be provided with skill enhancement training.
Both Utkalika and Boyanika were lauded for sales of their products through e-commerce and were advised to scale up efforts in this regard.
Minister Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Snehangini Chhuria, chief secretary, development commissioner and principal secretary of the department were present at the meeting among other officials.