IMPHAL, April 20: With an objective to further improve the handloom and handicrafts state government and the commerce and industry department is planning to set up a textile park at Loitangkhunou stated Commerce and Industries minister Y. Erabot in the Disbursement of Cheque function held today.
The disbursement function of cheques to the Handloom Cluster under the Integrated Handloom Development Scheme held at Tribal Research Institute, Adimjati campus, Chingmeirong was organised by the Directorate of Commerce & Industries, Manipur.
T. Rajen Singh, general manager, DIC, Imphal West in his key note address said that the Integrated Handloom Development Scheme was introduced by the government of India in 2007-08 for implementation in the 11th Five-Year plan (2007 to 2012). The current financial year is the last leg of the scheme.
He further said under this, there are four major components namely Cluster Approach, Group Approach, Marketing Incentive to societies and Strengthening State Level Handloom Organizations. The Handloom Cluster project is one of the four components of the scheme. Out of this, the department has implemented the first component, i.e. the cluster Approach effectively through the DICs in the district level. The remaining three components have also been proposed to the government of India for sanction, he said.
However he mentioned that sanction is awaited from the government of India. So far, the government of India sanctioned 39 projects (19 projects in 2007-08, 14 projects in 2008-09 and 6 projects in 2010-2011). The latest 6 projects are yet to be implemented.
The present cheque disbursement is therefore, meant for 33 Nos. of handloom cluster under the scheme. These clusters have been provided similar nature of financial assistance in the last two-three years from the first installment to different set of beneficiaries, adding that similar assistance is being provided today for another set of beneficiaries as there are 500 beneficiaries in each cluster and the third installment being received from the government of India will cover the remaining weavers in the coming year or so.
He further revealed that the objective of this function is to give a message of the benefit given by the government of India for handloom weavers under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme as it is one of the four major components of the scheme introduced by the O/o the DC (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, government of India since 2007-08.
The disbursement function was attended by the Commerce & Industries minister Y. Erabot Singh, Principal Secretary of Commerce & Industries government of Manipur O. Nabakishor, IAS, V. Tualthang, Director of Commerce & Industries, M. Rajen Singh, Officer on Special Duty (Handloom) as chief guest president and guest of honour.
Speaking at the function Commerce and Industries minister Y. Erabot said that the funds are meant for various developmental projects under integrated handloom development scheme adding it is time for concentrating for producing quality products.
The minister of the Industries has disbursed the cheque to the 33 handloom clusters of Manipur.