Updated 7 Jul 2022, 6:29 am
Handloom weavers, artisans and entrepreneurs in Manipur have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh, demanding to address the problem of silk yarn scarcity in the state.
The handloom weavers, handicraft artisans and entrepreneurs of Manipur conducted a meeting on July 5 and discussed the present worrying situation due to shortage of silk yarn in the state.
The meeting resolved to submit a memorandum to the chief minister wherein they highlighted the shortage of silk yards in the state.
Highlighting the story of Manipur producing cloths of unique and distinctive qualities, the memorandum stated that the aged-old weaving occupation in Manipur remains a thriving cottage industry and that it has been passed on from generation to generation.
Handloom and handicrafts are considered to be the second largest economic sector of the state next to agriculture, they noted.
It said that handloom products of silk yarn such as Saree, Rani-Phee, Phanek, Chunni, Pheijom, Shirting and Lengyan, etc., are so popular and highly demanded by customers from inside and outside of the state of Manipur.
However, weavers and artisans, numbering around 4 lakhs, are facing a huge challenge in their work due to scarcity of silk yarn, the memorandum stated.
The Department of Sericulture used to procure all kinds of silk yarn from other states. However, in recent times, due to insufficiency, the prices of the yarns have gone up very high affecting many weavers, particularly who are in marginalized groups, the memorandum highlighted and demanded the chief minister to take up necessary measures in this regard.
There is a need for urgent intervention of the state government to make the required silk yarn or cocoons available at subsidized rates to weavers and artisans through identified departments or agencies at the earliest.
The state sponsored Depot of Silk-yarn and Cocoons should be established and state policy for Silk-Yarn and Cocoons be enforced, it added.
First published:7 Jul 2022, 6:29 am
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