Imphal, October 4, 2017 (DIPR): Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh urged government officials to ensure that benefits of all government schemes reach the intended beneficiaries.

Minister Biswajit was speaking at the inaugural function of a Combined Programme of 10 Handicrafts Cluster Projects (Technical Training Programme, Integrated Design Development Project and Design Development Workshop) at the Classic Hotel today.

Addressing a hall full of local artisans, the Minister said handicraft and handloom sector helps in employment generation in the State, however, there are certain factors including lack of awareness, capital and exposure to new and modern technologies which are slowing the sector down.

The Minister further expressed the need to properly educate and mobilise the artisans in order to empower them so that they may increase their productivity. He said the main objective of the training is to achieve socio-economic empowerment of the artisans. The artisans should be sincere in their work for the scheme to succeed, he added.

Minister Biswajit Singh also explained the need to educate the artisans of the various schemes of the government for their welfare.

Explaining the need to create awareness of government schemes among the public, he said it is the responsibility of the government and its officials to educate all artisans and intended beneficiaries about the schemes. He further stated that officials of the department should ensure that the artisans get the full benefits of the training.

Textiles, Commerce & Industry Principal Secretary Shri P.Vaiphei said Manipur has a very rich handloom and handicrafts tradition. He said there is a huge percentage of family/household involvement in handloom and handicraft sector, particularly in rural areas.

Stating that many of the people involved in these sectors do so as part of their tradition, he continued because of the fact that these are part of our tradition it is extremely important for us to promote it.

Our handloom is our identity, he said adding that, it tells about who we are before we speak. He continued that from a distance people can recognise us from our dress. He also said that when somebody visits our homes and villages, the handicrafts which are on display at our homes and villages tell a lot about our background, culture, history and tradition, which is extremely important.

Director Handlooms & Textiles, Manipur and Managing Director (Manipur Handlooms & Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. Shri K.Lamlee Kamei announced a toll free helpline No. 18002120403 of the department through which anyone can make enquiries regarding Handloom and Handicrafts Delivery Scheme.

Today’s inaugural function was also attended by Chairman MHHDC Ltd. and Dy. Chairman, Manipur State Planning Board Shri S Rajen Singh.

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