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          The number of Handloom weavers and allied workers as per the Second Census of Handlooms of India (1995-96) and Third Handloom Census of India (2009-10) are:

Sr. No.

Census

Number of Handloom Weavers and Allied Workers (in lakhs)

1

Second Census (1995-96)

65.50

2

Third Census (2009-10)

43.31

          Factors identified for the decline of Handloom Sector, inter alias, include, (i) competition with mechanized sector such as mill and power looms Sectors, (ii) decline of handloom corporations/Apex Cooperative Societies (iii) high cost of credit & low disbursement of credit for the handloom weavers, (iv) Choking of cooperative credit lines due to debt over-dues and (v) marketing problems etc.

          Although, the number of handloom weavers and allied workers has declined, yet improvement in various other parameters has also been reported in 2009-10 Census. The details are as under:

Sr. No.

Indicator

2009-10 Census

1995-96 Census

1

Man days worked per weaver per annum (days)

234

197

2

Share of full time weavers to total weavers

64%

44%

3

Share of weavers households reporting less than a meter production

46%

68%

4

Share of Idle looms

4%

10%

          For the development of Handloom Sector and welfare of Handloom weavers, five Schemes, are under implementation, which are (i) Integrated Handloom Development Scheme, (ii) Handloom Weaver’s Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (iii) Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme (iv) Mill Gate Price Scheme and (v) Diversified Handloom Development Scheme.

          The number of Handloom weavers and allied workers as per the Second Census of Handlooms of India (1995-96) and Third Handloom Census of India (2009-10) are:

Sr. No.

Census

Number of Handloom Weavers and Allied Workers (in lakhs)

1

Second Census (1995-96)

65.50

2

Third Census (2009-10)

43.31

          Factors identified for the decline of Handloom Sector, inter alias, include, (i) competition with mechanized sector such as mill and power looms Sectors, (ii) decline of handloom corporations/Apex Cooperative Societies (iii) high cost of credit & low disbursement of credit for the handloom weavers, (iv) Choking of cooperative credit lines due to debt over-dues and (v) marketing problems etc.

          Although, the number of handloom weavers and allied workers has declined, yet improvement in various other parameters has also been reported in 2009-10 Census. The details are as under:

Sr. No.

Indicator

2009-10 Census

1995-96 Census

1

Man days worked per weaver per annum (days)

234

197

2

Share of full time weavers to total weavers

64%

44%

3

Share of weavers households reporting less than a meter production

46%

68%

4

Share of Idle looms

4%

10%

          For the development of Handloom Sector and welfare of Handloom weavers, five Schemes, are under implementation, which are (i) Integrated Handloom Development Scheme, (ii) Handloom Weaver’s Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (iii) Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme (iv) Mill Gate Price Scheme and (v) Diversified Handloom Development Scheme.

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