Handloom uniforms for students: Rs 6 cr allotted to upgrade 6000 looms
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has set aside Rs 6 crore to make 6000 handloom machines work-ready this year to weave free uniforms for school students.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of Handloom Advisory Committee, chaired by Industries Minister A C Moideen, on Wednesday.
It is estimated that around 6,000 looms are laying unused in the state’s hadloom co-operative societies. Apart from repairing the looms, 6,000 new workers will be inducted into the industry. The Kerala Artisan Development Corporation (KADCO) has been entrusted with the task of repairing the looms.
The handloom materials will be produced through Kudumbashree. To begin with, Kudumbashree members will be divided into 25 groups, each having 20 members. They will be given a training in hand weaving with stipend. The authorities expect that production can be started within three months.
Under the project, the handloom workers will be given yarn and the remuneration on time. Also, the remuneration of a worker will depend on the quantity of handloom materials produced.
The Minister said the move by the Centre, limiting the marketing incentive only to those weavers’ groups having up to Rs 30 lakh turnover, should be rolled back. He said the incentive should be made applicable to all handloom co-operative societies.
The decision to use handloom materials for school uniforms for students of government-run schools in the state was taken in August last year.