Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people to give an impetus to handloom sector and use more handloom products terming it ‘eco friendly’ and a ‘source of employment for countless weavers’. PM Modi’s comment came in the wake of National Handloom Day which is being celebrated today. In July last year, the government has decided to declare 7th August as National Handloom Day after receiving requests from several quarters saying, “Observance of National Handloom Day would generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry as a part of our rich heritage and culture, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride”.
“On #NationalHandloomDay, let us affirm that we will give an impetus to the handloom sector & use more handloom products in our daily lives,” tweeted PM Modi adding, “Our handloom sector is diverse, eco friendly & is a source of employment for countless weavers, who will be very encouraged by our support.” In another tweet, PM said, “Since there are many women associated the handloom sector, growth of the handloom sector is an important means of women empowerment also.” PM Modi also spoke about it during his first-ever Townhall address yesterday in which he said that if after agriculture, there is any sector which can create and employ poor people, then these are “textile, handloom, khadi, weaving” and termed these as their biggest strength.
Here’s what I said about the handloom sector & Khadi at the Townhall programme yesterday. #NationalHandloomDayhttps://t.co/nfXTvHGAjo
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2016
Textile minister Smriti Irani has also voiced her support for rejuvenating the handloom industry. In a series of tweets, Irani longed for acknowledgement, promotion and celebration of the rich handloom heritage.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 7, 2016
In another tweet, Irani said, “Let us pledge to adopt handloom heritage in daily lives & wear it as a badge of honour-pride to support our weavers. #NationalHandloomDay.”
The minister also urged people to support weavers by buying handloom products and said that government has rolled out retails stores to augment it.