Good news for those associated with the handloom industry. They can now avail benefits of several schemes started by the textile industry.
To promote the diminishing handloom industry, the District Industry Centre (DIC) has formed a list of handloom units in Ludhiana district so that people associated with it can take benefits from the schemes. They have even dispatched the list to the Chandigarh office for the same.
The schemes can only be availed after they have identity cards issued by the textile department.
General manager DIC Mahesh Khanna, while briefing about the textile industry's scheme said, "The scheme has many aspects. There is a scheme called Mill Gate under which handloom operators can get yarn at subsidised rates, which is up to 10% less. Apart from this, they can avail the benefit of the Health Insurance Scheme, that too at a nominal cost, as a major part of the premium is paid by the centre."
DIC has conducted a survey to identify people associated with the handloom industry and prepared a list of around 250 such people. The list has been sent to the textile department. According to DIC after analysing the list, the textile department would issue identity cards to these handloom operators so that they can avail benefits of all central government schemes.
"All befits are available to the handloom operators if they have the identity cards. Apart from other benefits, there is also a provision of credit at lesser interest rates," Khanna added.
Harinder Singh, president, Rania Handloom Workshop Cooperative Society on being asked about the scheme said, "The handloom industry is in a very sorry state of affairs since the arrival of electrical machines.
But this is not the sole reason for its decline. Had the governments paid proper attention earlier it could have survived. The new schemes can prove beneficial, but first a survey needs to be conducted properly. There are several people in the villages, who were associated with the handloom industry but due to its failure have now became daily wagers."
Singh further added that the handloom industry in city can revive and survive along with modern machinery if the government supports it.
"Panipat today is a hub of handloom industry and have been exporting carpets worldwide, why can't this industry be developed in Ludhiana?" he asked.