Bhubaneswar: Union Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated on Friday June 24, a 45-day long skill upgradation training programme for Scheduled Caste handloom weavers belonging to Sohlela Block in Bargarh district of Odisha.
In a function held in the village Birjam, the Minister also gave away the certificates to pass outs of the first Handloom Entrepreneur training course. The Minister also handed over the sanction letters to handloom weavers under Pradhan Mantri Weaver MUDRA Scheme. He also visited an exhibition of exquisite Ikat handloom products prepared by awardees and producers registered under India Handloom Brand.
Speaking on the occasion, Gangwar said that the Central Government is implementing several new initiatives such as raising earnings of handloom weavers to Rs. 500 per day. He also said that the Government is giving special priority to handloom weavers belonging to Scheduled Caste. Out of more than 600 weavers to be benefited by the block-level cluster project in Sohela, 90% weavers belong to the SC category, the Minister added. He also said that the Ministry of Textiles has requested State Governments to send projects of blocks that have concentration of SC weavers, on priority.
MLA Pradip Purohit and Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Alok Kumar were among others those present on this occasion.