In an attempt to facilitate a better scope of the schemes deployed by the government for the sector, a meeting was hosted in New Delhi between the State Textile Ministers to have a comprehensive vision of the schemes of the Government of India for the Handicraft and Handloom sectors. The focus of the meeting was mainly for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Minister of Textile, and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Zubin Irani, chaired the meeting with Textile Minister Ajay Tamta and Textile Secretary Anant Kumar Singh. Speaking on this occasion, Minister Textil Irani re-stated the conviction of cooperative federalism and called on ministers and state representatives to play a key role in making decisions for the growth of the textile sector.
Stressing the need for the integral development of weavers and artisans, the minister urged the Center and state officials to ensure that the benefits of all Indian government programs, such as Ujjwala Yojana, Swachhta Abhiyan should reach beneficiaries.
In addition, she said that Handicrafted in India Brand launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a bridge between weavers, couturiers, and consumers, ensuring greater profits for weavers and better product quality for consumers.
The Minister urges all those present in the meeting to every stakeholder to register their products with the mark of India Handloom Brand. She also asked the Ministers of State to establish objectives and periodically review the activities in the Handicraft and Handloom clusters.
She emphasized the need for education for weavers and artisans and their families by encouraging them to join NIOS and IGNOU through the Ministry of Textiles initiatives.
The principal dignitaries present during the meetings were the Ministers of State of Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand together with high officials of the Ministry of Textiles and the Commissioners for Development of Handloom and Artisanat.