Prime Minister Modi has continued a hoary tradition of sympathizing with one of the most marginalized and biggest artisanal communities in India, the handloom workers. Declaring August 7 as National Handloom Day, he sought to stamp his own particular policy fix on the handloom workers plight by suggesting that branding and marketing, including e-marketing, will arrest their economic slide.
There were about 4.3 million persons belonging to weaver and allied workers households in the country in 2010, which was when the last census of handloom workers was done by the NCAER at the behest of the textile ministry. What is notable about this is that over 60% percent of these lived in the northeast. Assam is home to over 44% percent of India's weavers...............Read more
Source: The Times of India