Modi cheers weavers with co-op banks re­vival plan

` Prime Min­is­ter also ad­vises ar­ti­sans to tap the huge mar­ket of Ba­narasi sa­rees in coun­try

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - FRONT PAGE - Pawan Dixit pawan.dixit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day brought some cheer for the weavers of Kashi by an­nounc­ing a pack­age of Rs 2,375 crore for re­vival of 16 sick co­op­er­a­tive banks of east­ern UP from which they can avail loan eas­ily.

Giv­ing a business tip to the weavers, the Prime Min­is­ter ad­vised them to tap the huge mar­ket of Ba­narasi sa­rees in the coun­try. Modi, who is here on a two-day visit, was wel­comed in typ­i­cal Ba­narasi style with slo­gans of ‘Har Har Ma­hadev’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. This is his first visit to the holy city after be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of 2,000 plus weavers after lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone of a trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion cen­tre and crafts mu­seum at Lalpur, Modi said: “Ev­ery women in this coun­try knows about Ba­narasi sa­rees. It needs no mar­ket­ing. You have to just tap the huge mar­ket al­ready avail­able across the coun­try.”

This cen­tre and mu­seum would come up at a cost of Rs 150 crore in the next 18 months. “Ev­ery mother has a dream to gift at least one Ba­narasi sa­ree to her daugh­ter in mar­riage. And about 20 crore mar­riages take place in the coun- try ev­ery year. You have to just tap this mar­ket by in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion,” Modi said while jus­ti­fy­ing his point.

The PM also high­lighted the im­por­tance of tex­tile in­dus­try of which weavers are a part. “After agri­cul­ture, tex­tile is most em­ploy­ment gen­er­at­ing in­dus­try in the coun­try,” he pointed out.

“At a power loom or a hand- loom, both ar­ti­sans and em­ploy­ers work like a fam­ily and have strong bond­ing,” he added. How­ever, he in­sisted on use of lat­est tech­nol­ogy in weav­ing sec­tor in or­der to face the in­creas­ing global com­pe­ti­tion.

He stressed on sci­en­tific train­ing that weavers could take at their place it­self. “Upgra­da­tion is nec­es­sary so that the new gen­er­a­tion takes up this pro­fes­sion (weav­ing) will­ingly and not as a com­pul­sion,” Modi said.

The PM also high­lighted the im­por­tance of Jan Dhan Yo­jana, a project that en­tails a bank ac­count to ev­ery fam­ily. “Now, any fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for weavers will be di­rectly trans­ferred into their bank ac­counts,” Modi said.

ASHOK DUTTA/HT PHOTO

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­just­ing the mike for vil­lage prad­han Durga Devi at Jaya­pur vil­lage in Varanasi on Fri­day.

I have asked bu­reau­crats to es­tab­lish ru­ral con­nect through reg­u­lar vis­its es­pe­cially in those vil­lages where they ini­tially served. That way the bu­reau­crats, who are vir­tu­ally in­ac­ces­si­ble to the common man, would also know that while they have ad­vanced in life the vil­lages have con­tin­ued to

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Naren­dra Modi Prime Min­is­ter

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