Correspondent ITANAGAR, Feb 22 - Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani on Friday launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming Project in Arunachal Pradesh under the North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) in a function held at Dorjee Khandu auditorium of State Assembly Secretariat here.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani trying her hand at a loom in Itanagar on Friday. – DIPR
Initially, the project will cover five districts of the State – Papum Pare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang. About 1,000 acres of land will be covered for Eri farming in these chosen districts.
While launching the project, the Union Textiles Minister informed that in the Northeastern region, the Central Government has been implementing sericulture projects worth Rs 900 crore to empower the farmers and weavers.
She said government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4,000 beneficiaries under NERTPS in the State.
Irani also assured that skill training will be imparted to seri farmers and weavers under Samarth Scheme. There are 27,000 looms and 33,000 handloom weavers in the State.
The Union Minister further said that if the children of poor weaver families want to pursue higher studies either through NIOS or IGNOU, Government will bear 75 per cent of their fees. She also said that if any registered weaver wants to upgrade their old looms then government will give 90 per cent financial assistance in buying a new one.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who was also present on the occasion, said that the NERTPS is a scheme for women empowerment and employment generation. He said the traditional weaving culture in the State provides vast opportunity for textile sector in Arunachal Pradesh.
Ninong Ering, MP and a large number of women farmers and weavers were present on the occasion.
Earlier, soon after her arrival, the Union Textile Minister met the loin loom weavers at Raj Bhawan here. While interacting with them, she suggested for registration and branding of the loin loom products of every tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. “This will facilitate access of the loin loom products to international markets,” she said.