Imphal, 21st March, 2018(DIPR): Manipur Handloom & Handicraft Development Corporation Limited has requested the State Government to make mandatory handloom products as school uniform. Addressing media persons at the ongoing series of press conference organised by Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Managing Director of Manipur Handloom & Handicraft Development Corporation Limited, Shri K.Lamlee Kamei stated that the corporation is in touch with the All Manipur Recognised Private School Welfare Association regarding supplying and selling of handloom products to education institutions in Manipur.
The main objective of the company is to develop, aid, advice, assist, finance, protect and promote the interest of handloom and handicrafts units in the State whether owned or conducted by the government, statutory body, companies, firms or individuals.
The Manging Director continued that the company is also engaged in buying various selective finished products of handloom and handicrafts from local manufacturers for reselling it mainly at the Panthoibi Manipur Emporium, in New Delhi and Dakshinapan in Kolkatta.
The corporation, he said, has the responsibility of organising National Handloom Expo, Gandhi Shilp Bazar, Special Handloom Expo and Thematic Exhibition. Production of garment and apparel and implementation of projects for promotion and development handloom and handicrafts in Manipur are also the responsibility of the corporation.
Under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), 9250 Weavers of five blocks of Manipur was sanctioned Rs 799.764 lakh.
He maintained that with an aim to save time and money for weavers, Handloom & Handicrafts Delivery Scheme was also introduced in the State. The main objective of the scheme is to provide raw material with buy back arrangement at the doorsteps of weavers and artisans for further re-sale by various agencies through their emporia or by participating in National/Regional Level Expos, he said.
Altogether 8674 weavers from all districts of the State have been enrolled till date under the Handloom Delivery Scheme and now the enrolment of weavers is done through biometric system, he added.
He stated that Government of India has initiated technical training programme for Schedule Caste and altogether 320 artisans from 16 schedule caste villages are participating in the training programme. The objective of the training is to provide technical skill to the SC artisans and introduction of new techniques and technologies for enhancing production to suit the taste and preferences of contemporary market, he added.
The Corporation has also recently inaugurated Urban Haat at Nilakuthi, Imphal East. The haat is providing marketing platform for weavers and artisans with various cuisines of different tribes of Manipur.
Shri Lamlee Kamei asserted that the Urban Haat will be on the same model of Dilli Haat, however, different groups will showcase their finished products on rotational basis for a period of 15 days.
He also said that the corporation has also supplied 1000 cotton bed sheet with pillow cover for the guests attending the recently concluded 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University. The Eastern Railway has also placed an order for supply of 5,228 pillow covers and 14,215 bedsheets to the Association of corporation & Apex societies of Handloom (ACASH) .
The corporation has also opened a Centralised Yarn Depot where yarns are made available at Mill Gate Price i.e free transportation from the mill to Imphal and stacking charge of 2.5% per annum. Silk yarn, cotton yarn and acrylic yarn are available at the depot at present, he added.
He continued that the corporation is the implementing agency of the Apparel & Garment Making centre at Lamboikhongnangkhong and the centre has 320 numbers of machineries and equipment in three production units. This centre will help in diversifying the handloom products into apparel and garment for niche market.
He also asserted that in order to encourage the use of local handloom products and production of quality fabrics, awareness campaign in the form of shumang Leela will be staged. The corporation is planning to open emporiums in all districts of the State and planning to extend credit facility in form of yarn with a small margin of loans to Registered and Enrolled weavers of the delivery scheme.
The corporation is also encouraging handloom weavers and handicrafts artisans for becoming self-sustained entrepreneurs in the handloom and handicrafts sector. At the same time, the corporation is also encouraging more male weavers for converting commercial production from domestic production, he said.
The corporation is also promoting use of vegetable dyes with local varieties like Kusum Lei, Ureirom, etc. and the corporation is developing e-marketing with brand development in the name and style of panthoibi.com, he added.
The media interaction was also attended by General Manager of the corporation Shri E.Jeetan Singh and Joint Director of the DIPR Smt .W.Phajaton was the moderator of the session.