INDIA: POWERLOOM UNIT OPENS IN MANIPUR
Apowerloom unit, with 11 looms, was inaugurated by Manipur Textile, Commerce and Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit in Imphal’s Industrial Estate, Takyelpat recently.
The setting up of the powerloom unit in the Indian state will boost production and subsequently increase the income of the weavers in the region who constitute the highest number in the country.
The improved production in the sector will augment income for artisans and create more employment opportunities for the locals in the state.
The Minister said that apparel and garment centres will be set up in other industrial estates as well as in all the districts of the state. He also called for the promotion of weavers in
the state while addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the powerloom unit. However, Biswajit expressed concerns over the survival of traditional handloom as powerloom sector has started superseding it.
Biswajit suggested that certain items must be reserved for production through traditional handloom in order to protect the traditional handloom weavers. “The State Government would come up with a list of such items by next month, to be exclusively produced by the handloom weavers only,” he averred.
The move is expected to protect the handloom weavers and develop the handloom and textiles business so that they can contribute significantly to the growth of the economy of Manipur.
Thongam Biswajit, Textile, Commerce and Industries Minister, Manipur inaugurated the powerloom unit