GUWAHATI, June 9: The Government of Assam will soon formulate a textile policy for giving a major fillip to handloom & textile sector in the state with focus on integrating production and marketing of handloom & textile products, economically empowering the weavers and making a niche for handicrafts of the state in world market.
Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal directed this while reviewing the activities of Handloom & Textile Department at a meeting held at Jata Bhawan today. The Chief Minister further directed the Department to set up a state-of-the-art Emporium showcasing unique and attractive fabrics of all communities of the state near Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa shortly.
The Chief Minister also asked the departmental officials to devise strategy to significantly project the handloom products of the state in the forthcoming “India-Intertiol Textile Summit, 2017” to be held at Gujarat from June 30 to July 2. This textile summit to be iugurated by Prime Minister rendra Modi will be participated by 28 countries, including Chi, US, UK, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Kada, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, France, Netherlands, Vietm and Hongkong.
The Chief Minister also advised the department to formulate pragmatic strategies to empower the rural weavers, marketing of the products as well as motivating young entrepreneurs to take up the trade. Sonowal also advocated planning for chain-linked exhibition system covering all districts of the state for proper marketing of the handicrafts.
Handloom & Textile Minister Ranjit Dutta, media adviser to CM Hrishikesh Goswami, Principal Secretary Sanjay Lohia and several senior officials of Handloom & Textile Department were present at the review meeting.