In an effort to make a one-stop centre for weavers which would provide various services, including banking, passport, insurance, PAN card, voter ID and AADHAAR, Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the weavers would be reap the benefits from Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCs).
The centre will also provide technical assistance to weavers. The minister added that weavers will also be able to pay their electricity bills and undertake online courses at WSCs. The Minister informed that the Ministry of Textiles will enter into an MoU tomorrow with Common Service Centres, which will enable WSCs to provide the aforementioned services, beginning from this year itself.
Recalling the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words that the development of the North Eastern Region is imperative for the development of India, the Minister informed the weavers that the main event of third National Handloom Day will be held in Guwahati.
Stating that education of children is the primary concern of weavers, Ms Irani said the weavers that the Ministry of Textiles has entered into MoUs with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) whereby children of weavers shall be able to avail school and university education, with 75 per cent of fees being borne by the government.
Source: SME Street