While the Handloom weavers are suffering in rest of India, Telangana Government is working harder than ever before to improve Handloom Culture in the state

by parineeti lal

Telangana was formed on 2nd June, 2014. United Andhra Pradesh had always been considered as a major region for one of the finest handloom weaves in the country and after the bifurcation occurred, some of the handloom hubs came to the Telangana lot, the others going the new Andhra Pradesh state’s way.

The Telangana govt. realized the importance of the textile industry that is second only to the agricultural sector in terms of workforce and employment potential. Hence the Chief Minister and the Textiles Minister, Mr.K.T.Rama Rao have given special attention to the textiles industry and its handloom sector that contributes significantly to exports as well as domestic consumption.

Here the Handloom sector that has a clan of traditional practitioners in different clusters in certain pockets of the state, has been specially highlighted for what it currently is going through and what could change in the days ahead.

A timeline about different events that have occurred since the formation of the state and the major announcements and initiatives that have been made for the improvement of the sector in Telangana state is provided backwards – starting from the latest to the earliest.

The focus is on what the government has done so far for the handloom sector and what changes it intends to bring about in the coming days.

Telangana Govt.’s major announcements & policies about handloom sector till date

1. From https://www.facebook.com/itministertelangana/Minister for IT, Telangana 17 December at 19:22

An IT Handloom Mela is being organized from 19th to 21st December, 2017 to support our weavers. Do participate in the #IWearHandloom initiative of Facility Management Council. This was posted by Mr.K.Rama Rao, Minister for IT as well as Handloom & Textiles on his Facebook Page, inviting people to make the event a success.

With nearly 10,000 IT employees visiting 40 plus stalls, the three-day IT Handloom Mela organised by Facilities Management Council (FMC), the professional body of Facilities Management industry in the Telangana State, at Art & Cultural Centre – Phoenix Arena in IT corridor proved to be a hit.

“Over a three day period, a handloom sale of around Rs 8 lakh has taken place,” informed FMC President Satyanarayana Mathala in the press release. “There are 400 IT/ITes companies in the city and more than four lakh employees work in them.  If they all start wearing handlooms at least once in a week on Monday, it will receive huge fillip to the handlooms weavers”.

FMC is actively working with Government of Telangana to encourage Handloom Mela in feature. FMC formed a core team to organize the handloom Melas in various IT parks for the year 2018.

“Our objective is to cover all the IT parks in and around Hyderabad.  We are working hard towards this. We made all our members take pledge that they wear Handlooms clothes only on Monday. Everyone must encourage and support to uplift handloom industry to restore its last glory,” said Mr. Satyanarayana.

2. In November 2017, Minister for Textiles K.T.Rama Rao, after a review meeting with ministry officials instructed the expediting of the following:

  • waiver of 10.5 crore loan – the aim was to benefit 2500 handloom weavers with each weaver receiving the benefit of waiver upto one lakh
  • setting up of handloom and power loom corporations, especially instructing principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Shailaja Ramaiyer, director of handlooms and textiles to complete the formalities for setting them up to ensure allocation of corpus funds
  • implementation of subsidy for yarn, chemicals & dyes from first week of November
  • administrative sanction for a handloom park in Gadwal city
  • boosting the handloom sector in the state
  • ensuring the subsidy of 40 per cent is extended to the handloom sector and 10 per cent to the power loom sector in the State
  • conduct of special drives to get every weaver enrolled in the recently launched Weavers’ Thrift Scheme

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