Policies must reach beneficiaries, says Parliamentary Advocacy Group on Handweaving and Crafts

The Parliamentary Loom and Crafts Advocacy Group, made up of 16 MPs from various political parties, released its first report on Wednesday and suggested several recommendations for extending the benefits of the policies to beneficiaries. The report was titled “White Paper on Loom and Craftsmanship – Need to Divest from the Power Loom Based Textile Sector”.

The report highlighted how several policies fail to reach the beneficiaries, i.e. weavers and artisans. The tax measure recommendation states that the government should provide Rs 18.00 for 6 months in addition to provided rations and PDS based on ID cards or certificates by local cooperative societies.

It also recommends that the government locates Rs 500 crore under the PM Cares fund to compensate for the loss of wages of weavers, artisans and craftsmen and to produce region-based products to improve their productivity. Speaking to ANI, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik said non-enforcement of policies on the ground creates problems for weavers.

“Most policies don’t reach weavers and artisans at ground level and that creates a lot of livelihood problems for them. This is a problem that has come to us during the pandemic,” he said. “Despite government efforts such as e-commerce platforms, I think the right kind of market that I talked about, i.e. exports, needs to be increased and sold in a niche market. This is what was missing in the current ecosystem. . The policies are lacking in this direction”, added the deputy.

Patnaik further said that the group took advice from deputies from all states and also spoke to weavers about it. “We took the advice of deputies from every state in the country, although they may not have actively participated, we got their advice informally and in many cases we also spoke with the weavers at ground level, we talked to people who are at the end of that value chain like fashion designers, it’s a broad stakeholder consultation,” he said.

He says the loom and the craft should be treated as part of the creative economy because its main USP is tradition itself. The suggested report was then divided into short, long and medium term.

The 16-member advocacy group consists of Dr. Amar Patnaik, BJD Organizer (Rajya Sabha), Binoy Viswam, CPI (Rajya Sabha), Fauzia Khan, NCP (Rajya Sabha), Gaurav Gogoi, INC (Lok Sabha), GK Vasan, TMC (Rajya Sabha), Jaya Bacchan, SP (Rajya Sabha), Mahua Moitra, AITC (Lok Sabha), Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha, RJD (Rajya Sabha), Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shiv Sena (Rajya Sabha), Ranadheer Kanakamedala R Kumar, TDP (Rajya Sabha), Ritesh Pandey, BSP (Lok Sabha), Dr Shashi Tharoor, INC (Lok Sabha), Dr. Sasmit Patra, BJD (Rajya Sabha), Sonal Mansingh, BJP (Rajya Sabha), Tiruchi Siva, DMK (Rajya Sabha), Vandana Chavan, PCN (Rajya Sabha). The report was submitted to Union Minister of State, Textiles, Darshana Jardosh at 2pm today. (ANI)

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