Handloom cluster development programme launched in Manipur, outstanding artisans awarded

Imphal: Celebrating the eight edition of National Handloom Day, textiles, commerce and industry minister Nemcha Kipgen launched the Cluster Development Programme (CDP) for Manipur on Sunday at City Convention Centre, here.
The ministry of textiles have taken various initiatives for promotion and development of the handloom industry in the country. She informed that under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), government of India has sanctioned 21 CDP, one Mega Handloom Cluster in Imphal East, Manipur, the minister said.
In these projects one project of Craft Handloom Village at Moirang in Bishnupur district is initiated, she added.
Nemcha said in these projects, 24 diploma holders in Handloom and Textile technology will be engaged as Cluster Development Executives and another 24 Textile Designers from NIFT or NID or reputed Design Institute as Textile Designers for a period of three years. A total of 46897 handloom weavers will be covered in these projects within the project period of three years, she added.
The state government had initiated the Yarn Scheme in 2018-19 and the scheme is being proposed to continue further till 2026-27. The Loom Upgradation Scheme introduced in 2018 has provided a total of 6705 Frame Loom to 6705 weavers till 2021-22, she said.
Reiterating on the importance of promoting our unique handloom products, the minister said the state government have registered Wangkhei Phee, Shaphee Lanphee and Moirang Phee under Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 and 2014.  She also informed that the department is preparing for registration of more products under the GI Act. The hashtag of My Handloom My Pride is the recognition that handloom cloth are our pride that weavers have woven, she added.
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