Centre sanctions 10 more handloom clusters in J

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New Delhi, July 11 (UNI) Union Textiles Minister Shankersinh Vaghela today said the Government is working to promote the activities of HHEC and has sanctioned ten more clusters of handlooms for the Jammu and Kashmir region.

More than 10,000 weavers have got direct and indirect employment through the Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation (HHEC), which runs activities to provide support to artisans and weavers for the upgradation of their skills, design inputs, training and marketing their products.

He informed members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting attached to his Ministry here that the corporation had 21 procurement centres all over the country to provide technical support to the grassroot weavers.

Reiterating the Government's commitment for marketing support to the artisans, the minister said that Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) handled procurement and sales of quality handicrafts and handlooms products not only for the domestic market but also for abroad. It had opened showrooms to showcase traditional arts culture as CCIC laid emphasis in supporting artisan and had made efforts to eliminate the middlemen in the marketing of handlooms.

Briefing the members about the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, also known as Crafts Museum at Delhi, Mr Vaghela said the museum had a collection of more than 32,000 artifacts consisting of metal icon, lamps, incense burners and ritual accessories. The library of the museum had more than 20,000 reference books and other periodicals.

Participating in the meeting, the members suggested that the more centres should be opened to provide design support to the grassroot artisans. The meeting was attended by Mr Mohan Ponnuswamy, Mr S Anbalagan, Mr Mahesh Kumar Kanodia, Mr Abdul Rashid Shaheen, Mr D Vittal Rao, Mr Santasri Chatterjee and Mr Mohan Rawale.

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