Government will increase the wages of skilled handloom weavers


Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said that the government is working with a vision to increase the wages of skilled handloom weavers to the level of Rs 500 per day.

Addressing the first Meeting of All India Handloom Board in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Gangwar said, the major interventions will be to cover five lakh weavers in MUDRA Scheme in next three years and also to take up 300 more block level clusters for development.

He said, the Ministry is also aiming to enhance handloom exports from about Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 4,500 crore in next three years.

The Minister said, government has significantly expanded its support to handloom clusters, in terms of Common Facility Centres, skill upgradation, assistance for loom upgradation and effective project management through services of full time Cluster Development Executives and competent designers.