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Traders� assurance on gamocha sale at Bihu

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 15 - Textile merchant bodies today assured the State�s handloom and textiles department that they would ensure prevention of sale of gamochas, mekhela-chadars and dakhanas produced in the powerlooms located outside the State during the ensuing Rangali Bihu festival.

Taking part in a meeting called by Commissioner-Secretary, Handloom and Textiles Anjan Kumar Sarma at the handloom and textiles directorate here, Assam Textile Merchant Association president Hansaraj Jain said steps would be taken to prevent sale of such products in the State during the Bihu festival. A direction would be issued to the members of the association in this respect, he said.

Indrani Phukan Tahbildar of the Assam Chambers of Commerce assured of full cooperation in effectively implementing the Handloom Reservation Act in the State. She suggested steps to impress upon the governments of the states where the items are produced in the powerlooms so that the loom owners could be reined in, in this respect. She also called for use of handloom products in the State government offices.

Manish Jain of the Kamrup Chambers of Commerce urged the department to take steps for producing more gamochas. He said using the semi-automatic looms more gamochas, mekhela-chadars, etc., could be produced.

Pankaj Lochan Goswami of the Dakhin Kamrup Bowa-kota Samabay Samiti expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the State government to increase gamocha production. He rued that due to failure of the State�s weavers to properly display their products in the market, they cannot get the genuine prices for their products.

Commissioner-Secretary Sarma appealed to the textile merchants not to import textile products connected with the traditions of the indigenous people of the State from outside, asserting that this is a national responsibility. He also laid stress on making people aware of provisions of the Handlooms (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act.

The meeting was also attended by Addl Director, Handloom and Textiles Mizanur Rahman and representatives of the Assam Khadi and Village Industries Board, Assam Samabay Resham Pratisthan, Assam Cooperative Silk House Ltd and Assam Government Marketing Corporation, among others.

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