Development Commissioner for Handlooms was set up as an attached non-participating office on 20th November, 1975 under the Ministry of Commerce. At present it is functioning under the Ministry of Textiles. The Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms is headed by an officer of Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary level having its headquarters at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.
Development Commissioner (Handlooms) office is assisted by 29 WSCs function across the country. Weavers' Service Centres play a pivotal role in skill up-gradation, capacity building and disseminating the technological interventions for reducing the drudgery to the handloom weavers and better productivity, thereby improving earning of the weavers.
NHDP has been formulated for its implementation during financial year 2021-22 to 2025-26.
The scheme will follow need-based approach for integrated and holistic development of handlooms and welfare of handloom weavers. The scheme will support weavers, both within and outside the cooperative fold including Self Help Groups etc. towards raw material, design inputs, technology upgradation, marketing support through exhibitions, create permanent infrastructure in the form of Urban Haats,
marketing complexes etc.
The Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS) with partial modification and renamed as Raw Material Supply Scheme (RMSS) has been approved for implementation during period from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
COMPONENTS OF RMSS:
Transport Subsidy Component: Freight reimbursement for transportation of yarn (All types)
Price Subsidy Component: 15% Price Subsidy on Yarn (through DBT to linked bank account) with quantitative restrictions. 15% price subsidy will be available on cotton hank yarn, domestic silk, woollen and linen yarn and blended yarn of natural fibres with quantity restrictions.
The CDP focuses on development of weavers' groups as a visible entity, so that the groups become self-sustainable. The quantum of assistance for each cluster would be need based, depending on the requirement of the cluster.
The objective of HMA is to Develop and promote marketing channels in domestic and export markets and bring about linkage between the two in a holistic and integrated manner. The HMA is to Provide marketing opportunities to handloom workers
Infrastructure & Special Projects is to set up project/s for product development/diversification, improving the productivity/ quality of handloom products, value addition of handloom products, marketing etc.
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