'Manipur weavers not getting any support from the state government'
Weaver Renu Arambam appealed to the government to implement various Central schemes and projects meant for weavers as a National Handloom Day gift.
Seeking the state government's attention to bring more development in the handloom sector of the state, Renu Handloom and Handicraft Private Ltd secretary Renu Arambam appealed to the government to implement various Central schemes and projects meant for weavers as a National Handloom Day gift.
Addressing the media in connection with the National Handloom Day, Renu said that handloom items of the state are usually liked by many people outside the state and country.
Concerning the growing demand for such items, the state government should take up some productive steps, she said.
Weavers of the state are playing important roles in promoting and preserving the handloom of the state.
However, they are not getting any support from the state government, Renu Arambam.
Had the state weavers stopped producing handloom items, the state would have never gained recognition for various unique handloom items which are nationally and internationally famous, she added.
Renu said that the state government should acknowledge the dedication given by the weavers and implement various Central schemes and projects which are already approved by the Centre.
Handlooms can be a good source of income for the state if the state government gives maximum support and cooperation, she added.
Earlier, in April, Arambam Renu drew attention of the state government for effective implementation of Integrated Cooperative Development Project (ICDP) to bring development for every cooperative society operating in the state.
She was speaking at the inauguration of the second show room of ‘Renu Handloom and Handicrafts’ at Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai on Aoril 10.
Renu said that the economy of the state is unsound and many people are reeling under unemployment. But in fact, there are many ways to enhance the economic status of the state through the promotion of private enterprises, she said.
She further said that when compared to other states of India, the movement of cooperative societies in Manipur is very slow. The problems of unemployment in the state may be reduced to some extent if there are a good number of cooperative societies that can run effectively, she further said, adding support from the state government is much needed.
Concerning the conditions of the cooperative movement in other states, she said that maximum number of states are taking full benefits of ICDP taken up under National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) but many of cooperative societies of Manipur have failed to avail such benefits.
“It would be a source of great motivation and encouragement to those running cooperative societies if the state government extends sincere efforts to fully implement the ICDP,” she added.
Chief guest of function Nongthombam Hiyainu, who is the wife of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, said that the state has been glorified at the international level through sports, art, culture, tradition and handlooms and handicraft. Therefore, taking up the venture of opening a showroom for handlooms and handicraft items is highly appreciated, she added. She had assured of extending possible support and also urged to produce more attractive items which can cater more to foreign customers.