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September 9, 2019

1.5 lakh weavers benefitted from State Govt projects

1.5 lakh weavers benefitted from State Govt projects

As many as 1.5 lakh weavers have benefitted through the four integrated ‘Tanter Haat’ projects undertaken by the Bangla Government, said the Commerce and Industries Minister Dr Amit Mitra recently in the Assembly. A total of 5.83 crore person-days have also been created. Mamata Banerjee, right after becoming Chief Minister, has taken a leading role in reviving the fortunes of traditional weavers.

The Minister told the House that sales at Tantuja outlets have increased manifold, transforming it into a profitable organisation. Elaborating, he said that while financial year (FY) 2010-11 saw it incur a loss of Rs 12.6 crore, after eight years under the Trinamool Congress Government, in FY 2018-19, it turned a profit of Rs 14.37.

During his speech in the House, the Minister gave information on several other projects of the Government for weavers and other traditional artisans.

Initiatives for weavers:
5.83 crore person-days created
4 Tant Haats set up to help market products, benefitting 1.5 lakh weavers
6,300 Tant Ghars set up
Project in Bishnupur, Bankura, with 1,800 weavers to revive baluchari sarees
23 common service centres set up
1.02 lakh given skills development training
1.08 lakh weavers given pit looms or frame looms
Baluchari and dhanekhali saree showroom on Park Street

Tantuja becomes profitable:
FY 2018-19: Sales worth Rs 252.58 crore, profit of Rs 14.37 crore
Compared to FY 2010-11: Sales worth Rs 55 crore, loss of Rs 12.6 crore

Handloom clusters:
84,564 weavers integrated into 176 handloom clusters
Number of clusters increased by 6 times in 8 years

GI certification:
Food items: Rosogolla, moa of Joynagar, sitabhog and mihidana of Bardhaman
Fruits: Fazli, himsagar and lyangra mangoes
Foodgrains: Tulaipanji and Gobindobhog rice
Crafts: Dokra, patachitra, wooden mask of Kushmandi, madurkathi
Dance forms: Chhau of Purulia

Source: Millennium Post, Aajkaal