September 25, 2015
Policies of Mamata Banerjee Govt help revive Bengal handloom sector
West Bengal Government has focused upon the rejuvenation and development of its world-famed Tant products, which are still now woven in handlooms.
Recently, West Bengal MoS for MSME Swapan Debnath inaugurated the Banglar Tanter Haat at Milan Mela Prangan in Kolkata. The Haat will continue till October 12.
Tantuja, the largest of the State Government organizations marketing Bengal’s handloom products, has taken initiative to have tie-ups with online shops like Snapdeal and Amazon. It is also with talks with the Google authorities for upgrading its website.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier provided some design for Tant sarees and had stressed on usage of natural and organic colours for the products.
The West Bengal Government is giving all out support to the Self Help Groups, 50% of which comprise women by offering incentives, weaver’s credit cards and other facilities given to the unorganized sector.
Recently, the Government has started the “Tant Saathi” scheme. In the first phase, around one lakh weavers will be distributed with looms so that they would not have to depend on loans.