MANGALDAI, March 12 - Keeping in mind the possibility of rise in sale of powerloom-made imported gamosa in Assam against its high demand during the forthcoming Rongali Bihu, the Darrang district administration has intensified its vigil over it. Following the directives of the Handloom and Textile Department, the Govt of Assam vide its letter no. HTS-86/2013/49 dtd. April 3, 2015 and subsequent letter no. HTS 66 /2012/24 Dtd. 12th April 2017, the Darrang district administration has formed a district-level enforcement committee to control the illegal sale and transport of powerloom made imported gamosa as per provision of Handloom (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985. The committee led by Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kr Barman, as the Chairman comprises the Assistant Director, Handloom, Darrang, Assistant Director Sericulture, Darrang, Sales Tax Superintendent, Mangaldai, General Manager, District Industries and Commerce Centre (DICC), Darrang and one police officer not below the rank of a Sub Inspector, as the members respectively.
This committee has been keeping strict vigil on the market and preparing to conduct joint inspections for prevention of import and sale of gamosa produced in powerlooms outside the State and to take legal action against the unscrupulous trades involved in violation of the Act, informed Bipuljyoti Kalita, Assistant Director, Handloom Department, Darrang. Earlier, the committee as a part of awareness drive, distributed leaflets among the traders regarding the Handloom Act urging them to refrain from the sale of powerloom-made imported gamosas and also the consumers to buy only gamosas produced in handlooms by the local weavers, the source added.
However, Kon Chakravorty, a veteran trader and the owner of Mangaldai-based Assam Silk House, a commercial centre of locally produced gamosa and traditional mekhela sador while talking to this correspondent termed this action to be very late. He claimed that the sale of low- cost imported gamosas have been going on unabated in the State whole round the year thereby causing serious threat to the local handloom-made traditional gamosas.