Addressing the members of the consultative committee attached to his ministry here on Wednesday, the minister said handloom cloth production has crossed 7,500 million sq metre, constituting about 19 per cent of the total textile production. Handloom exports during April-August this fiscal were valued at Rs 1,102.34 crore against Rs 837.53 crore in the same period last year, reporting a 31.62 per cent increase.
The minister has told the members that assistance is being provided to weavers under the workshed-cum-housing scheme, thrift fund scheme, and health package scheme and insurance scheme.
A special contributory insurance scheme for covering 1 million weavers is on the anvil, he said, adding the Tantavi exhibition is one of the initiatives taken by the National Centre for Textile Design, set up two years ago in the Capital.
Mr Rana further said the govt has also prepared a scheme for supply of yarn, net of Cenvat, to weavers, with a provision for reimbursing duty to the organisations designated by the states and National Handloom Development Corporation. u Pending approval of this scheme, the states and the corporation have been instructed to arrange yarn supplies net of duty to weavers in anticipation of getting the duty incidence reimbursed, he added.
Mr Rana also said the government will ensure a well-defined and delineated area for handlooms that will not be encroached upon by other sectors of the textile industry. This will be achieved by effectively implementing the handloom reservation order, he added.