Imphal, March 30,
A sixteen day Special Handloom Expo -2018-19 was inaugurated today at Gandhi Memorial Hall, Imphal West under the sponsorship of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India with Manipur Apex Handloom, Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S Ltd (AWAS) Paona Bazar, Imphal
The inaugural function was attended by Langpoklakpam Subdani Padmashree Sant kabir Naienel Awardee K . Indira Devi ,President of the Manipur Apex Handlooms Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S. Ltd; N.Nilabantajit Singh ,Project Manager ,District Handloom & Textiles Imphal West Govt .of Manipur ;C.Rajesekaran ,Assistant Director (Design),Weaver’s Service Center(WSC),Porompat ,Imphal East and Y. Shantikumar Singh ,Officer in-charge(Marketing ),National Handloom Development Corporation Ltd. (NHDC) Porompat ,Imphal East as the Chief Guest ,the president and the Guest of Honour respectively .
S.Bhubol ,Board director of the Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S.Ltd. while delivering welcome address and the key note speech said that the handloom expo and exhibition at the right time and right venues is giving opportunity of marketing of the state’s handloom products.
The reason for organizing the special handloom expo at this time is because of the upcoming Sajibu Cheiraoba festival - an Indigenous new year and the venue has been chosen at G.M Hall as it is the most appropriate venue, Bhubon.
M.Priyomala Devi in her speech said that the participants as the Chief Guest of the inaugural function highlighted that the state’s weaver and artisans have been taking huge responsibilities in maintenance of family expenses by taking up weaving up weaving and craft activities but this important roles of women are, though having high values ,have not often been understood which is yet to be corrected . She added that the present government has been taking many development and welfare schemes for betterment of the society and the benefits of these developmental programme shall have to be taken by the stakeholders with property implementing the components. clear understanding of the project to be applied for and applying the same in right time with submitting all required documents including a well equipped project is the basis for getting a right project and any habit of indulging into corrupt practice to get a project or programme should never be encouraged as any act of nuisance will not last long she added. Indira Devi the president of the inaugural function assured the participants in the special handloom that the Manipur Apex handloom weavers and handicraft artisans C.S Ltd .as it is the sole apex society of the state’s primary weavers cooperative societies shall continue to work for the welfare and development of the state’s weavers and artisans by organizing such melas, exhibitions and other state as well as centrally sponsored schemes she said that the former Board of Director of this Apex society did not properly implementing the projects and schemes there are still having for the present Board to clear off obstacles including some difficult ones and improperly handing over thing to succeeding management is the reason for slowing the progress of activities . she future appealed the state’s weavers to come to Apex Handloom for any grievances in respects of weaving related works and door is always opened for giving counseling to weavers and artisans of the state.
Y.Shantikumar , Officer –in-Charge of the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) spoke clearly on the subsidized yarn schemes; N.Nilabatajit ,Project Manager (Handlooms), District Handloom sector . C.Raasekaran ,Asst .Director (Design) Weavers service Center (wsc) spoke on the centrally sponsored in Handloom and he appreciated the works of Manipur apex handlooms .The Weavers service Centre, Imphal is always ready to extend helps to the state’s weavers in any weaving related works. Cheeng Tam Luwang , Chief Functionary of Handloom promotion Council Manipur said he with an expert committee is trying Leirumphee to get G.I. Registration . L. Ojit Singh Business Manager of the Apex Handloom giving the vote of thanks appealed the state’s weavers to come to the offices of the apex Handloom or Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles, Govt. of Manipur to District Handloom officers for getting details information of the present handloom related projects and Welfare Schemes.
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