The Union Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Darshana Jardosh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today informed that the Ministry of Textiles has.
The centre has taken steps to onboard weavers and artisans on the Government e-marketplace (GeM) to enable them to sell their products directly to various Government Departments and organizations.
This was stated by The Union Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. DarshanaJardosh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha informed the Ministry of Textiles on Wednesday.
So far, about 1.50 lakh handloom agencies/weavers and 26,644 artisans have been onboarded on the GeM portal. The State/UT-wise details of weavers and artisans on-boarded on the GeM portal are placed below.
To promote procurement of Handloom products, an amendment was introduced in Rule 153 of GFR 2017 on 17.02.2020, wherein it was mandated that “Of all items of textiles required by Central Government departments, it shall be mandatory to make procurement of at least 20% from amongst items of handloom origin, for exclusive purchase from KVIC and/or Handloom Clusters such as Cooperative Societies, Self Help Groups (SHG), Federations, Joint Liability Groups (JLG) Producer Companies (PC), Corporations etc. including weavers having Pehchan Cards”.
Ministry of Textiles is implementing the Cluster Development Programme, a component of the National Handloom Development Programme. Under the scheme, need-based financial assistance is provided for the implementation of various interventions like solar-powered lighting units, upgraded looms & accessories, worksheds, design and product development, marketing support etc.