Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The Capital City would soon have a museum for the handlooms and the handicrafts of the State at Jaydev Vatika near the historic Khandagiri hills. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed both the concerned directorates to work on a war-footing basis to complete the project in scheduled time.

Sources in the State Secretariat revealed that the Mr. Patnaik reviewed the implementation of the special package for weavers that he had announced two years ago. While the target set in 2007 was to issue photo identity cards to 1, 07,754 weavers, so far 79,763 weavers have been provided the card, the review revealed. Besides, 28,304 weavers have been identified to receive the cards shortly, it added. The textiles directorate has initiated steps to set up a handloom cluster for Nuapatna, best known for its silk sarees. Out of the target of building up 1,400 work-sheds in various parts of the State, 818 projects have been completed. Besides, 400 weavers have been extended skill development training under a special package, the Mr. Patnaik was told. Patnaik directed the textiles directorate to produce at least 40,000 handloom sarees for the ASHA workers under the NRHM, the sources informed.

Meanwhile, the directorate has initiated collaboration with the FabIndia to sell exclusive Orissan sarees and other products through the latter’s outlets and exhibitions existing in various major metros, the Mr. Patnaik was apprised.