Weavers urged to avail ‘Buy Back Scheme’ benefit

IMPHAL, 7th Aug: Commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has said that the state directorate of handloom and textiles has already introduced a ‘Buy Back Scheme’ for weavers through which weavers can contact the directorate through a toll free number and receive yarn at cheaper rates.
The scheme has also buy back provision for the finished products, Biswajit said while addressing gathering at the 6th National Handloom Day celebrated at the conference hall of old secretariat complex Friday wherein state awards for Handloom and Handicrafts were also presented.
Biswajit said that state cabinet decided to extend the complete lockdown with some relaxation and appealed people to follow the guidelines while maintaining that no prediction about end of Covid pandemic could be made right now. We have to fight the pandemic by properly following the SOP issued by the government so as to not only protect ourselves but also our own family and society, he said and urged people follow SOP and wear mask, wash hands frequently. Biswajit also released a coffee table book titled ‘Manipur handloom and handicrafts’ published by directorate of handloom and textiles in coordination with the Indian Express group showcasing the beauty of the state before the entire world by highlighting the traditions, culture, handloom and handicraft products of various ethnic groups of the state. The book contains photographs with brief history on traditional dresses and costumes of different communities of the state.
State awards to outstanding three weavers and five artisans were conferred with cash award of Rs 1 lakh each for 2019-20. Merit awards to three weavers and 15 artisans with cash award of Rs 50,000 each were also conferred. Consolation awards of Rs 10,000 each were also conferred. Under the Scheme for Awardees, financial assistance at Rs 4.40 lakh each were also distributed to two state awardees of 2018-19 for producing their award winning products on commercial scale.
The event was also attended by Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited chairman S Rajen, commissioner (textiles, commerce & industries) Devesh Deval, director (handloom and textiles) K Lamlee Kamei and other officials of the directorate.

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