Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced a special package for the weavers in the State who form the human resource for the handloom sector, the second-largest unorganized employment generator in rural pockets of the State.
As per the plan, around 15,000 loom pits that are not concrete will be solidified in different phases in the next three years. The government will spend Rs 7000 towards each loom pit for the said purpose, the office of the Chief Minister said in its notification.
As of now, there are at least 15,071 loom pits which have been concreted out of 31,342 loom pits in the state.
Likewise, as many as 3,000 weaver families will be equipped with House-cum-Work shed on a priority basis. As per the official data available, till date, 11695 House-cum-Work sheds have been provided to weaver families in Odisha.
The State government has also announced to provide housing facilities to deserving weaver families on priority basis. The Panchayati Raj department will select the beneficiaries as per the laid-out guidelines.
The package announced by the CM also ensures to facilitate hassle-free provision of loans to interested weavers. In another major announcement, CM Naveen has said that weavers can avail loans up to Rs 50,000 without having to worry about paying interest.
The Odisha government has expressed concerns over the deteriorating financial condition of weavers in the State due to loss of livelihood, market shutdowns, lessening demand post-withdrawal of virus lockdown in the wake of Covid pandemic.
Weavers have been portraying the rich tradition and culture of Odisha before the whole world with their skill and hard work due to which the handlooms of Odisha have carved a niche in the sector.