THE VARIOUS State Government schemes for the promotion of the handloom sector is still not understandable to a majority of the poor weavers, said Dr Yogesh Bandhu Arya, the ICSSR Doctoral Fellow of the Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS), Lucknow.
“It seems there is lack of co-ordination between weaver communities and the State Government agencies in implementation of schemes for the promotion of the handloom sector”, he told participants of a state-level meeting of stakeholders on “Appraisal of documentation practices of grassroots reach out and networking on trade and economic in India (GRANITE) project” at Hotel Gomti here on Saturday.
The meeting was organised by the Network for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (NEED), Lucknow.
The GRANITE project, which is under implementation in Uttar Pradesh for the past two years, is supported by the Roral Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi and Oxfam Novib, Netherlands. The NGO ‘CUTS-CITEE’ is implementing the project in joint partnership with NEED in Uttar Pradesh.
In his presentation on the status of GRANITE project in the state, Arya said that the State Government needs to offer an early clearance to formation of a “State Trade Policy Commission” which could study the impact of WTO negotiations on the textile and agriculture sector in Uttar Pradesh.
“The matter on formation of the commission had been raised in various forums earlier and the State Government response is still awaited”, he said.