Handloom Industry Current Affairs
The National Handloom Day is being observed annually on 7 August to honour the handloom weavers in the country and also carter an impetus to India’s handloom industry.
Significance of the Day: It seeks to highlight the contribution of handloom to the socioeconomic development of the country and promote handlooms to increase income of weavers and also enhance their pride.
This year it was second edition of the National Handloom Day after it was instituted. The main function of celebrate this day was held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Besides, Sant Kabir Awards and National Handloom Awards were presented on this occasion.
- The Union Government had declared 7 August as the National Handloom Day in July 2015 with the objective to generate awareness about importance of India’s handloom industry.
- The date August 7 was chosen to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this date in 1905 in the Calcutta Town hall to protest against partition of Bengal by the British Government. The movement had aimed at reviving domestic products and production processes.
- The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on 7 August 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centenary Hall of Madras University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He also had unveiled ‘India Handloom’ brand.
The Odisha Government had launched Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana, a special assistance scheme for elderly weavers.
The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of the second National Handlooms Day (observed on 7th August).
- The scheme aims at improving the financial condition of over 8,000 weavers in the state.
- The beneficiary must have been worked in this field at least preceding 20 years.
- Under it senior weavers above the age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees and those above 80 years would get 700 rupees.
- The pension amounts would be directly sent to the beneficiaries bank accounts.