Package for weavers, artisans & silk farmers at Aska

Berhampur: Odisha government has launched a special package for weavers, artisans and silk farmers at Aska, about 40 km from here.

Under the package, the government would bear the insurance premiums of the beneficiaries under health insurance scheme and Mahatma Gandhi Bunakar Bima Yojana (MGBBY), official sources said today.

An amount of Rs 45,000 would also be provided for construction of worksheds and solar lantern to each weaver family in phases.

The landless weavers and artisans would also be provided assistance under the 'Mo Kudia' scheme. Similarly, weavers and artisans aged above 60 would be included in Madhubabu Pension Yojana.

As part of the package, state Textiles and Handloom minister Sarojini Hembram distributed solar lantern among 200 weavers families of Ganjam and Nayagarh districts at a function in Aska yesterday.

She also gave away Rs 15,000 each to 20 weavers for construction of work shed at the meeting.