CM Himanta inaugurated Golden Silk Park in Guwahati
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a Golden Silk Park and Commercial Centre at Resham Nagar at Khanapara in Guwahati today.
‘Buy at least one handloom gamosa this Bihu’
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a Golden Silk Park and Commercial Centre at Resham Nagar at Khanapara in Guwahati today.
Apart from providing silkworm breeds to silkworm farmers, this initiative by the Handloom & Textiles and Sericulture Department would also provide a platform for indigenous silk weavers to sell their produce.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister appealed to every Assamese to take the pledge to purchase at least one handloom-woven gamosa for the upcoming Bihu celebration this month. He said if the six million families in the state decided to purchase a gamosa each, it would prove beneficial to the indigenous weavers on the one hand and contribute towards strengthening the state’s economy on the other. He further appealed to the members of the general public to remain vigilant against the sale of powerloom-produced gamosas.
The Chief Minister further added that the Assamese gamosa bagging the Geographical Indications (GI) tag, coupled with numerous initiatives of the Government of Assam aimed at strengthening the handloom sector, have led to the building of a newfound confidence among the handloom entrepreneurs of the state.
Schemes such as ‘Swanirbhar Nari’, through which 1.5 lakh gamosas have been procured by Artfed till date from the state’s weavers, have ensured middlemen and unscrupulous traders are no longer able to lure the weavers into going for distress sales. He appealed to the Handloom & Textiles Department to launch a massive publicity drive to make the ‘Swanirbhar Nari’ scheme a household name across the length and breadth of the state.
The Chief Minister also stressed the need to diversify the product portfolio of muga and eri silk, without which handloom entrepreneurs in Assam wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the massive market across the country and abroad.
Today's event was also attended by Handloom and Textile Minister UG Brahma, departmental Secretary Dilip Kumar Bora, Chief Executive of ‘APART, Akash Deep, and a host of other dignitaries, a press release said.
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