Schemes for Welfare of Weavers

Ministry of Textiles is implementing various schemes for welfare of weavers and development of handloom sector across the country. The schemes are-

1 . Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS)

2 . National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)

3 . Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS)

4 . Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) for eight mega handloom clusters in the country.

Under these schemes, financial assistance is provided for raw materials, purchase of looms and accessories, design innovation, product diversification, infrastructure development, skill upgradation, marketing of handloom products and loan at concessional rates.

Besides, the Government of India has reserved 11 textiles articles, including sarees with technical specifications for exclusive production by handlooms under The Handlooms (Reservation of Articles for production) Act, 1985.

In order to address the health related issues of handloom weavers of the country, Ministry of Textiles has been implementing Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme. Life insurance cover to handloom weavers and workers in the age group of 18-50 year is provided under Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and accidental insurance cover to handloom weavers and workers in the age group of 18-50 years is provided under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.

The benefits of schemes are available to all the handloom weavers, including widowed weavers. Also, scholarship of Rs. 1200 per year per child upto 2 children is also provided to the handloom weavers.

Credit requirements of handloom weavers are met under Weavers’ MUDRA scheme, a component of NHDP. Under the scheme, credit is provided at concessional interest rate of 6% to the handloom weavers with margin money assistance upto Rs. 10,000 per weaver and credit guarantee for a period of 3 years.

In order to attract younger generation into the handloom profession, provision has been made under NHDP for skill upgradation.