Karnataka to give marketing push to KHDC, Caurvery Handlooms

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 17, 2018

Karnataka government has embarked on a plan to transform handloom industry in the state into an organised profession.

As part of the exercise, it plans to revive state-owned institutions – Karnataka handloom Development Corporation (KHDC) and Caurvery Handlooms.

Dr R Raju, Karnataka Commissioner for Textile Development said, “This initiative is purely to help the dependent of 80,000 handloom weavers and 600 handloom co-operative societies.”

“There are 227 cotton, 88 silk and more than 50 woollen co-operative societies existing in the State which make numerous products,” he added.

KHDC and Caurvery Handlooms shall be the focal point of market linkages in the state. The government at present has ensured the market linkage for handloom products like uniform cloths, bedsheets and blankets to the school children in the state which alone assures the support of handloom business to the tune of ₹100 crore annually.

“In the next two years products of KHDC and Caurvery Handlooms will be aggressively marketed,” said Raju.

According to Raju there is also a comprehensive plan to market Ilkal sarees, Malakamuru Silk sarees and Udupi Cotton sarees which have acquired GI (Geographical Indication) accreditation for their uniqueness and endemic to the specific regions.

The other sarees to also get marketing push are ‘Guledaguddakana’ and large varieties of Priyadarshini Silk sarees.

The weaver families are provided with living-cum work shed facilities at the cost of government and till now over 8000 living-cum work sheds have been built in the state. “A comprehensive plan has been prepared and approved to build 3000 more living-cum work sheds in the state in the next two years,” said Raju.

He further said the government also has come forward to offer rebate assistance to weavers at the rate of 20 per cent on all the handloom products sold during 180 rebate days annually declared by the government. In addition ₹15 a KG of yarn is also provided to weaver as yarn subsidy.

Published on August 09, 2016

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