From A Correspondent
HAJO, April 3: State Handloom and Sericulture Minister Bismita Gogoi, who visited Sualkuchi on March 31, discussed about problems being faced by the people of the silk village in preserving the muga and paat industry. The minister interacted with different sections of people including weavers, master weavers, entrepreneurs and small traders of the village. Gogoi, who was accompanied by the Director of the Handloom and Textiles Department, was apprised of the deteriorating condition of the indigenous muga and paat industry here due to the supply of Barasi fabric which have invaded the markets and emerged as a serious threat to the local fabric.
The weavers and traders pointed out that spurious muga and paat clothes which have outnumbered the genuine ones and sought the Government's intervention to save the glory of the muga and paat industry. The minister called for proper measures to check the cheating by unscrupulous traders who are patronising fake silk clothes. She appealed to the weavers and traders to use the silk mark on their products. Other problems, including the role of middlemen who control the market of raw materials and finished products, the Government's indifferent attitude towards the handloom industry of Sualkuchi on which 90 per cent of the people are dependent, were also discussed. The minister assured the people of solving the problems. She said the Government is preparing a Textile Act, which will safeguard the industry. Earlier, Gogoi visited the Vastra Udyog here and the handloom unit of one Sada Baishya, a resident of para here.