Karthik Madhavan

ERODE: Department of Handlooms and Textiles has formed 61 groups in the district to promote handlooms.

Sources say as many as 5,073 weavers who are not part of handloom clusters have been brought together to from the weavers’ groups, which are spread across the district.

For the groups, each of which should have a minimum of 10 weavers, the Department will provide monetary assistance to modernise looms, buy jacquard, dobby and other weaving accessories.

Implemented with assistance from the Centre under the Integrated Handloom Development Project, the Department will give Rs. 8,000 for purchase of new looms, Rs. 4,000 for dobby, Rs. 6,000 for jacquard and Rs. 2,000 for other weaving accessories.

The sources say the Centre will fund 70 per cent of the total expenditure, the State will contribute 20 per cent and the beneficiary weaver will chip in the rest.

Aside from providing monetary assistance for upgrading looms, the group approach scheme also envisages training of weavers.

With cent per cent Centre funding, the Department will train weavers in weaving, dyeing, designing and managerial techniques.

Training

The sources say for loom and other infrastructure upgrade the Government has sanctioned Rs. 5.52 crore and has given Rs. 3 lakh for training, which will happen in batches of 20 weavers.

Under the scheme, the Department in Erode has so far sanctioned money for 521 modern handlooms, 701 jacquard and 644 common work sheds. The target for Erode district is only 50 groups but given the overwhelming response from weavers, the Department has formed 61 groups, the sources say.

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