IMPHAL, Aug 2 - With an objective to highlight the contributions of the handloom industry in the socio-economic development of the State, the 20th State Handloom Day was observed under the aegis of the Handlooms Promotion Council, Manipur, here today.
Textiles, Commerce and Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh attended the celebration along with the Principal Secretary of Textiles, Commerce and Industries, Paulunthang Vaiphei, president of the Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans Cooperative Society Ltd, K Indira Devi, and others.
Speaking on the occasion, minister Bishwajit Singh stated that concerted efforts are needed for the promotion of handloom and handicraft products to achieve growth and development in the State. Observing that the handloom industry is the second source of income in the State, he stressed the need for a positive change to accelerate the development process in Manipur.
He stated that the Government has introduced a handloom delivery system with the aim to increase production and income of weavers. He added that the Central Government is ready to provide training to 10,000 weavers to enhance their skills.
The State Government is planning to enlist weavers residing in the State. He also advised the officials of the Textiles, Commerce and Industries departments to carry out GI registration of indigenous products of Manipur.
The minister announced that 2,500 looms would be distributed free of cost to weavers during the upcoming Manipur Textiles Expo. Thirty-five weavers from across the State were feted on the occasion. The function was attended by officials of the Textiles, Commerce and Industries departments, weavers and others.