Aizawl, Aug 7: Along with other parts of the country, Mizoram also today observed India’s 1st National Handloom Day. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla inaugurated the same at Mizoram Legislative Assembly Annexe Basement I here in Aizawl.
Chief Minister, the Chief Guest on the occasion, said that other than Agriculture, Handloom sector is benefited by most number of people, and the Mizos ought to observe National Handloom Day with much enthusiasm.
Chief Minister said that Central government has declared National Handloom Day to be observed in remembrance of ‘Swadeshi Movement’ which was started on 7 August 1905. Agriculture and Handloom Sector have the largest number of workers, CM said, adding, in Mizoram initiative in the Handloom Sector has been carried out since the time of Union Territory.
‘Patent’ is the most immediate need to preserve the beautifully designed Mizo handloom products, CM Hawla said in his speech.
It is also necessary that they are of the best quality and highly attractive as they are the image of the Mizos before the world, CM added.
Chief Minister said that not only women but men also can work in the handloom industry. Chief Minister on the occasion handed over 10% rebate cheque to different cooperative societies in the state.
Guest of Honour on the occasion, H.Rohluna, Minister for Industries said that during 11th Plan Rs.90 Crore was received for Handloom sector from the Central government.
He also mentioned the plans for setting up of 17 Cluster Development Projects, Integrated Development Scheme, Weavers Service Centre and Apparel & Garment Production Centre.
Also speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary Joseph Lalhimpuia said that Handloom Sector contributes 4% to India GDP, and there are 190 lakhs workers across the country, 60% of which are women. In Mizoram, Handloom Industry is the most successful among different industries, he said.
Technical workshop and handloom exhibition were organised during the day-long programme of the National Handloom Day which was jointly organised by Industries Department Weaver Service Centre and Development Commissioner, Handloom office, Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India. Zothankhuma, Commissioner & Secretary, Govt of Mizoram presided over the National Handloom Day inauguration programme.