Important Schemes/Projects Handloom Industries in West Bengal (State Sector)
 
  1. State Participation in the Share Capital of primary Weavers Coop. Societies
  2. State participation in the share capital of West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Coop. Society Ltd. (TANTUJA).
  3. Mobilization advance
  4. State participation in the share capital of West Bengal Handloom & Powerloom Development Corporation Ltd. (TANTUSREE)
  5. Equity participation for Spinning Mills
  6. Handloom Export Cluster Development scheme
  7. Production of Cheaper Sarees on Handloom
  8. State H/L Expo:Banglar Tanter Hat
  9. Production of Cheaper Variety of Sarees
  10. Hank Yarn Subsidy
  11. State Handloom Expo (Banglar Tanter Haat)
  12. Promotion of Silk Weaving
  13. Project for ‘Production of Diversified Tassar Products’ at Tantipara, Birbhum
  14. Project for Development of Carpet Weaving at Malgaon, Dakhsin Dinajpur
  15. Promotion of Natural Dyes
  16. Project for Production of Value added Bed-Cover & Bed Sheet
  17. Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999
  18. Setting up of Computer Aided Design Center
  19. Handloom Export Cluster Development
 
State Participation in the Share Capital of primary Weavers Coop. Societies
 
Under the scheme the equity is being provided to the primary societies to raise the share capital base of the Primary Coop. Societies, which will in turn facilitate in attracting bank loan required as working capital. During 2010-11 there was no fund provision for the scheme as no proposal received from the field level offices.
 
State participation in the share capital of West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Coop. Society Ltd. (TANTUJA).
 
The West Bengal State Handloom weavers’ coop. society ltd, which is the Apex body of the primary weavers’ coop. societies of the State is mainly undertaking the responsibility for supply of inputs and marketing of Handloom products of primary societies. The Apex society is also engaged in organizing and developing markets for handloom products within the State and outside the State. To establish and run, sale depots within and outside the State for sale of handloom goods, the society needs adequate working capital. The State Govt. contributes to the share capital of the Apex society for strengthening its share capital base. Target and achievement for the same is as given below
 
Year 2010-2011
Share Capital of Tantuja Target (Rs in lakh)

Achievement (Rs. in lakh)

1200 1200
 
Mobilization advance
 
Delay in payment of procurement cost to the PWCS by Tantuja was identified as a major problem in the way of strengthening of PWCS which is the Primary responsibility of the Apex society. To settle the issue, Govt. decided to support Tantuja by the way of Mobilization advance for wholesale business. The scheme was introduced for the first time in the year 2010-2011.
 
Year 2010-2011
Mibilization advance Target (Rs in lakh)

Achievement (Rs. in lakh)

1200 896
 
State participation in the share capital of West Bengal Handloom & Powerloom Development Corporation Ltd. (TANTUSREE)
 
The corporation had the responsibility for extending marketing support to weavers both inside and outside coop. fold. State Govt. used to provide fund in the shape of equity to the corporation for its smooth functioning.

However the above organization has been placed under liquidation in 2008-09. Only fund that has been sanctioned in 2010-11 for payment of its outstanding dues is Rs. 1572993.
 
Equity participation for Spinning Mills
 
There are three Cooperative spinning Mills and three State sector spinning mills viz
  1. Kangsabati Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd
  2. Tamralipta Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd
  3. The West Bengal Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd
  4. Kalyani Spinning Mill,
  5. West Dinajpur Spinning Mill and
  6. Mayurakshi Cotton Mill Ltd.
Out of these six spinning Mills, Kangsabati cooperative spinning Mill is engaged in production of synthetic yarn while all other mills produce cotton hank yarn and cone yarn for handloom, Power loom and Hosiery industries. In order to ensure smooth supply of raw cotton of standard quality to aforesaid spinning mills at reasonable price and sale of yarn by the Mills at ruling market price there is a Cotton and Yarn Monitoring Committee, constituted by the State Govt.

The State Govt. has been contributing to the share capital of the cooperative spinning mills to raise their share base for implementation of the project for undertaking modernisation / expansion programme.
 
Performance of Spinning Mills at a glance
 
a) Kangsabati Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 50.00
N.C.D.C. 0
Non-Plan 50.00
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 9.80548
Value in lakh Rs. 1505.73518
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 9.61135
Value in lakh Rs. 1475.92447
 
b) Tamralipta Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 37.50
N.C.D.C. 0
Non-Plan 45.00
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 18.83
Value in lakh Rs. 3265.68
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 18.46
Value in lakh Rs. 3216.17
 
c) The West Bengal Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 200.00
N.C.D.C. 0
Non-Plan 175.00
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 13.29051
Value in lakh Rs. 1980.32
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 12.9281
Value in lakh Rs. 1919.02
 
d) Kalyani Spinning Mills Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 200.00
N.C.D.C.  
Non-Plan 1533.00
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 20.89
Value in lakh Rs. 3078.52
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 20.75
Value in lakh Rs. 3104.00
 
e) The West Dinajpur Spinning Mills Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 75.00
N.C.D.C. 0
Non-Plan 902.84
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 8.61697
Value in lakh Rs. 1253.53
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 8.97060
Value in lakh Rs. 1242.49
 
f) Mayurakshi Cotton Mills (1990) Ltd. (Rupees in lakh)
 
A) Fund received under head  
Annual Plan 37.50
N.C.D.C.  
Non-Plan 120.00
B) Production of Yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 4.31421
Value in lakh Rs. 519.59
C) Sales of yarn  
Quantity in lakh Kgs 5.04853
Value in lakh Rs. 588.62914
 
Handloom Export Cluster Development scheme
 
The scheme originates from an integrated and holistic development approach. It aims at taking care of all the developmental issues related to a group of handloom weavers / cluster of the areas having potential for production of Export Oriented Handloom Fabrics. No proposal was submitted during the year 2010-11.
 
Production of Cheaper Sarees on Handloom
 
The Scheme has been introduced with the following objectives.
  1. To supply cheap but quality cotton sari at subsidies rate to the poorest of the poor of the society(BPL)
  2. Providing sustained employment to the semi skilled weavers of the state.
 
Year 2010-11 (Rs. in lakh)
Target Achievement
1095 821.25
 
State H/L Expo:Banglar Tanter Hat
 
State Handloom Expo / Banglar Tanter Hat is organized to facilitate and promote marketing of handloom goods of the State.
 
Year 2010-11 (Rs. in lakh)
Banglar Tanter Hat Total expenditure out of state budget (Rs in lakh) Amount received from State Govt. (Rs. in lakh)
121.27219 53.84774
 
Proposal for further Rs. 67.42 lakh has already been sent to the Department.
 
Production of Cheaper Variety of Sarees
 
The scheme has been introduced with the following objectives;
  1. To provide sustainable employment to the Semi-Skilled Weavers of the state, who can not go for production of value added, diversified and market oriented products after undertaking necessary Skill Up-gradation Training.
  2. To provide cheap but comfortable and durable fabrics to the weaker section of the society.
 
Hank Yarn Subsidy
 
Objective of the scheme is to ensure supply of quality Yarn at reasonable price to the weavers under co-operative fold and the weavers covered under ‘Handloom Cluster Development Project’ and “Group Approach Project” under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS). 6 % subsidy is available under the scheme on the procurement price of yarn. No proposal was submitted during the year 2010-11.

In handloom sector yarns are required to be supplied only in hank form because of some technical limitation of this sector. Yarns supplied in other forms like cone, cheese etc. are not suitable to be used in this sector.

In order to ensure steady supply of yarns in Hank Form, earlier a statutory obligation had been imposed to the Spinning Mills by government of India for production of yarns in Hank Form and according to that obligation Spinning Mills had to utilize a certain percentage of their spinning capacity for production of yarns in Hank Form for use of handloom sector. But, the said obligation has now been withdrawn by the government of India.

As a result, supply of yarn to this sector has now become irregular. Virtually, handloom sector is now compelled to procure yarn at higher price than the Power loom and Mill sectors, which is a threat to this sector towards its survival.

To combat the situation "Hank Yarn Subsidy" scheme has been introduced by the State Government and under this 6% subsidy on the purchase value of Hank Yarn by the PWCS, weavers of Handloom Cluster Development Projects and Group Approach Projects under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme will be benefitted.
Banglar Tanter Haat- 2009
 
Held at Milan Mela Ground, Kolkata from 12th September to 24th September, 2009
 
Promotion of Silk Weaving
 
With a view to boost up the production of Quality silk fabrics in the State for domestic & export markets, this new scheme has been proposed for implementation from the year 2007-08.During 2010-11, a sum of Rs.0.975 lakh has been sanctioned towards identification of beneficiary to be provided with duty free imported China Raw Silk Yarn.

Silk Yarn produced in this State is quite considerable in quantity, but weaving of silk fabrics in the State is still restricted basically for production of Silk Sarees in some limited traditional pockets. Of course, Waste Silk fabrics in limited quantity is also produced in some parts of Murshidabad district and in some parts of Burdwan districts adjoining to Murshidabad district. We lacking in production of Silk Home Furnishings which have potential market in abroad.

Keeping this end in mind, endeavor has been taken for production of Silk Home Furnishings and the fabrics for Garments after imparting skill up-gradation training , design intervention, improvement in Dyeing and Finishing quality.
 
Project for 'Production of Diversified Tassar Products' at Tantipara, Birbhum
 
‘Tantipara’ of Birbhum district is the traditional handloom belt for production of Tassar Fabrics in West Bengal, but the production in this area is limited to production of Grey Tassar Plain Yardage  which has practically lost market in the present age.

Weavers of this area are neither skilled for using Jacquard/Dobby nor in use of multiple shaft so that they could produce designed and diversified Tassar Fabrics in accordance with the market demand, although diversified Tassar Fabrics are in huge demand in domestic and foreign market. To tide over the situation a new project namely ‘Production of Diversified Tassar Products’ at Tantipara, Birbhum’ has been launched at the cost of Rs. 105.90 lakh. The Project will be implemented during 2009-10 to 2011-12 to achieve the following goals.
 
  1. To make the Tassar Product of 'Tantipara' sustainable & competitive through development of it's traditional products in respect of design, Color combination, finishing quality etc.
  2. Product diversification in accordance with the market trend.
  3. Improvement in earning and quality of life of the Handloom Weavers of the area.
  4. Improvement in living condition and working place of the weavers, providing House-Cum- Work sheds.
Major Activities of the Projects are;
 
  1. Creation of Common Facility Centers for common services such as Yarn Dyeing, creation & supply of Modern Designs, formation of Consortium of SHG(S), Market Information Center & supply of Market Information etc.
  2. Skill up gradation training.
  3. Supply of modern looms & accessories.
  4. Construction of work-shed
  5. Market Survey & scientific production planning.
  6. Development of Market Awareness & Product Knowledge amongst the stake holders of handloom sector.
  7. Development of marketing channels through Exhibition/Buyers' & Sellers'/Participation in national & International Fairs /Exhibitions
  8. Promotion of Export
  9. Research & Development
  10. Technological & Advisory Support
'Project for Development of Carpet Weaving' at Malgaon, Dakhsin Dinajpur
 
There are about 307 Carpet Looms and 531 Carpet Weavers at malgaon, Uttar Dinajpur. But they are dependent on the Master Weavers of Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. With a view to make these Carpet Weavers self dependent and to develop 'Bengal Brand Carpet' a new project has been launched by the State Government. The project is now under implementation.
 
Promotion of Natural Dyes
 
In keeping with the potential of natural colour dyed fabrics in export market due emphasis had been attached on promotion of natural dyes in this State. One Project at the cost of Rs. 8.65 lakh is under implementation at Gangarampur, Dakhsin Dinajpur.
 
Project for Production of Value added Bed-Cover & Bed Sheet
 
Although, the handloom sector of this State has excelled in production of exquisite varieties of Traditional Sarees, Fabrics of Export Variety viz. Scarves/Stoles, Dress Materials etc., yet it is lacking in production of the Home Furnishings like Bed-Cover/Bed-Sheet etc.

With a view to introduce the production of Bed-Cover/Bed-Sheet of very high standard using pneumatic jacquard the Project has been launchedby the State Government.
 
Registration of Traditional Handloom Products of West Bengal under Geographical Indication of Goods Registration & Protection Act, 1999
 
With a view to protect the traditional Handloom fabrics of the State, it has been decided to register the traditional handloom fabrics of the State under Geographical Indication of Goods Registration & Protection) Act,1999.

So far, Santipuri saree has been registered under the Act. Registration of the following fabrics are in progress.
  1. Baluchari Sarees
  2. Tangail Jamdani Saree
  3. Dhanekhali Saree
  4. Tangail Saree
  5. Garad
  6. Korial Saree
  7. Muslin
 
Setting up of Computer Aided Design Center
 
One of the major reasons behind the decline in marketing of handloom fabrics, as has been noticed in the recent times, is the lack in design development and new colour combinations to cater to the taste of the modern consumers. To combat the situation four CAD/CAM Centers had been set up earlier. During 2008-09 eight more CAD/CAM are going to be set up shortly at the following places, for which Rs.47.016 lakh had been released during 2007-08.
 
Handloom Export Cluster Development
 
The scheme aims at taking care of all the developmental issues related to a group of handloom weavers / cluster of the areas having potential for production of Export Oriented Handloom Fabrics
 
 
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