New handloom policy to empower weavers: KTR

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government will soon come up with a new textile policy and plan to open 12 new clusters to encourage handloom industry and extend support to the weavers’ families through health insurance and pensions, state Textiles Minister KT Rama Rao said on Thursday.

The government will revive the handloom industry completely to ensure weavers are empowered through marketing opportunities by speedy implementation of the policy, he said. During his visit to textile parks at Pochampally near Bhadradri and Malkapur he purchased clothes for his family members and made cashless transaction through swiping machine. For speedy revival of the handloom industry and giving boost to the workers, the government will allot special funds in the budget. Handloom industry is the biggest after agriculture providing large scale employment to people, KTR said. He said the online sale of handloom clothes is catching up.

The minister stated that he will ask leaders and officials to wear handloom clothes at least one day in a week. Steps will be taken to see that handloom fabrics made in Pochampally and Gadwal are put up for display in the Golconda Handicrafts Centre in Delhi. -NSS

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