Bank Support For Weavers

In yet another measure for development of handlooms, handicrafts and textile sectors in Odisha, the State Government has decided to seek assistance from World Bank for a proposed project.

A high level meeting between World Bank officials and senior officers of the State Government in this regard was held at the State Secretariat here today.
Presiding over the meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi asked the officials to keep in mind that the World Bank assistance helps in enhancement of the real income of the weavers and the artisans of the State.
Participating in the deliberation, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan suggested to emphasized on the market linkage and growth in marketing.
In principle decision was taken in the meeting to implement the project by utilizing fund from the State Government and loan from the World Bank. Initially, Rs 460 crore would be invested in this project.
The Chief Secretary asked the concerned authorities to submit detailed project report concerning the financial, administrative and technical aspects of the proposed project for approval from the Government.
It was revealed in the meeting that there are 52 types of handicrafts and weaving art forms are available in Odisha, and as many as four lakh people are engaged in this profession directly or indirectly.
Notably, the State Government had prepared a Project Report to help these artisans in raising their income level, and the proposal has already got approval from Economic Affairs department for World Bank assistance.
Secretary Handlooms, Textiles and Handicraft, Shubha Sarma presented details in the meeting, which was deliberated at length, said sources.

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