TECHNOLOGY UP-GRADATION FUND SCHEME FOR HANDLOOM SECTOR
The Handloom Sector occupies an eminent place in preserving the country’s heritage and culture and plays a vital role in the economy of the country. This Sector is one of the largest employers in the country, estimated to be the second only after agriculture, with about 65 Lakh people directly or in-directly employed as weavers and allied workers. The Handloom Sector, being highly decentralized and dispersed, suffers from cost disadvantages, technological obsolescence and marketing handicaps in comparison to Power loom and Mill Sector.
The Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles, Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms has been supporting the Handloom Sector through State Governments by implementation of various programmes relating to input supplies, production, marketing etc. This has helped the Sector in development of new/diversified products for domestic and foreign markets. However, there is need to up-grade the technology in the areas of pre-loom, weaving, post-loom etc. with a focus on the overall improvement in the quality of the products for niche market, productivity and level of earnings of the Handloom Weavers.