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MSME support and outreach programme held in Mirza
 MIRZA, Feb 11 - The valedictory function of MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) Support and Outreach Programme under the 100-Day Campaign of the Government of India was organised here on Saturday where more than 300 weavers from different areas of Kamrup district participated in the day-long programme. A technical session was also held for the benefit of the handloom weavers.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, S Bandopadhyaya, Director of Weavers Service Centre, East Zone, Guwahati under the Union Ministry of Textile said that Kamrup district has been identified as a focused district in the handloom sector under the 100- day MSME campaign which was launched by the Prime Minister on November 2, 2018.

He said that support and outreach programmes under the 100-Day MSME Extensive Campaign was undertaken to generate awareness among the weavers about various handloom schemes and also to extend different benefits to the handloom weavers.

He said that altogether 28,305 weavers and allied workers of Kamrup district were enrolled for different interventions and marketing support under the 100-day MSME campaign. The weavers were provided identity cards and yarn-related passbooks.

He said that handloom weavers identified under the 100-day MSME campaign were provided Mudra loan from different banks of Kamrup district at 6 percent interest, which is one of the lowest rate imposed in any scheme. He said that margin money assistance of maximum Rs 10,000 per weaver would also be provided based on their projects.

Further, he said more than 2000 applications under the MUDRA scheme have been submitted in various banks of Kamrup district and 382 loan proposals were already sanctioned by different commercial banks.

Assistant Director of the Weaver Service Centre at Guwahati, Sarbeswar Das informed that there are over 1.20 lakh weavers in Kamrup district and added that North Bank of Kamrup district centering Sualkuchi is a world-famous hub for paat and muga hand-woven textiles, whereas the South Bank of Kamrup district centering Bijoynagar township is a world-famous hub for hand-woven eri cloth.

He called upon the weavers of Kamrup district to avail the opportunity of these two weaving hubs and earn a handsome income from the business by replacing their traditional norms and resorting to modern weaving practices.

He said most of the artisans of Kamrup district have been weaving clothes based on traditional design and motifs. However, efforts are presently under way to replace the traditional weaving practices by modern techniques and infuse new designs as a part of fusion so that the weavers can compete in the national and international markets and reap more profit out of their products.

He said altogether 720 handloom weavers of Kamrup district have already been imparted Skill Upgradation Training on Modern Weaving.

Pankaj Lochan Goswami , an organiser of the programme, asked the weavers of Kamrup district to avail the opportunities provided under various schemes of the Union Government and try to develop themselves by concentrating on modern weaving techniques.

Lead Bank Manager of Kamrup district KK Saharia informed that there are 21 banks in Kamrup district with 116 operating branches. He asked the weavers to avail the opportunities offered by these banks and take loans for setting up handloom units and thereby become self-reliant.

Saharia informed that till date 282 loan applications submitted under the MSME 100-Day Campaign were sanctioned. He asked the weavers to submit loan applications by adhering to the guidelines so that the banks find it easier to sanction them in an expedient manner.

Utpal Sarma of the National Institute of Open School ( NIOP) shed light on the courses offered by the NIOP for the handloom weavers and said that free courses are being offered by NIOP for the weavers belonging to the BPL, ST, SC etc., categories and asked the weavers to avail the opportunity offered by NIOP.

Jayanta Das, Deputy Handloom Director of the State Handloom and Textile Department, S Rajkumar, DGM of NHDC, Guwahati, besides Baikuntha Phukan, Manager of Mirza SBI, also spoke on the occasion.

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