Imphal, Oct 4:
Minister Thongam Biswajit had distributed weavers’ pehchan cards to the weavers of Kshetrigao CDP.
Speaking at the function as a chief guest Minister Th. Biswajit said that MEETAC was taken up as a mission by the then Governor Najma Heptulla as chief patron and chairperson to promote sale of handloom and handicraft items produced by local weavers and artisans in other places of the world. He further expressed that a sum of Rs 2 crore has been added in the budget from time to time to train weavers and artisans for the production of items of international standards.
Minister Biswajit pointed out that handloom is also a part of the mission. He urged local weavers to join the training programme conducted under MEETAC and produce quality products.
He urged Manipuri weavers to strive to produce quality handloom products by taking part in training programmes conducted under the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmanship (MEETAC) and sponsored by the state government. The mission not only extends training but also provides the opportunity for the launch of start-ups.
Minister Th. Biswajit further expressed confidence that the awareness programme would definitely benefit the weavers as the knowledge of weaving handloom products alone would not suffice without the idea of marketing and benefits provided by the government for them.
The Awareness on Cluster Development Programme (CDP) was held at Khongman Zone-4 Multipurpose community hall organised by Manipur apex Handloom weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S. Ltd under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) in connection with the implementation of the Kshetrigao Cluster Development Programme (CDP).
The programme, which was presided over by AWAS president A. Ronika, was also attended by Khongman GP Pradhan N. Nungshirei, Thongju Part-I GP pradhan Th. Lata, Ucheckon Nongchup GP pradhan K. Munindro, Ucheckon Nongpok GP Pradhan N. Jadumani, Basikhong GP Pradhan N. Bimolata, Thongju Part-2 GP Pradhan Nameirakpam Kanon Chanu, Top Dusara GP Pradhan Mayanglambam Surbala, Weavers’ Service Centre (WSC) Imphal deputy director and HoO Hara Kanta Baro, District Handlooms and Textiles, Imphal East project manager Th. Ibemcha Devi and National Handloom Development Corporation Ltd (NHDC) officer in charge Y. Shantikumar attended.