Dipu Moni: PM actively promotes hand-weaving sector

The weaving industry in Pabna remains inactive in the face of losses. Dhaka Tribune

“The main objective of the current government is to develop the standard of living of hand weavers”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to improving the hand-weaving sector and raising the standard of living of its weavers across the country, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said.

She said this while speaking as the main guest at the screening of Hernet’s “Bongo Konnar Tant Prem” at the city’s Le Méridien hotel on Monday.

Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Atiqul Islam, President of BGMEA Faruque Hassan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Md Murad Hassan, human and social rights activist and deputy, Aroma Dutta , President of Hernet TV Hasna Pradhan, Founding CEO of Hernet TV Alisha Pradhan and others attended the program.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promotes the hand-weaving industry by wearing the Jamdani sari in his daily life. In order to boost the hand weaving industry, the main objective of the current government is to develop the standard of living of hand weavers, ”Dipu Moni also said.

She added that the current government will establish important rules in the development of the looms and weavers industry. If a plan or a policy is formulated, it is possible to improve the standard of living of the weavers.

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The government will formulate such a policy and it has worked for socio-economic development and funding for weavers, she added.

The weaving industry directly employs about 900,000 people and indirectly about 600,000 more.

It meets about 28% of the country’s total textile demand by producing 47,474 crore meters of fabric per year.

To meet the current demand for capital from weavers, a loan of Tk 9,687.35 has been disbursed to 46,645 marginal weavers so far (December 2020) under the Weavers Microcredit Program.

“Sheikh Hasina weaving village is being built in Shibchar in Madaripur district and in Jajira in Shariatpur next to Padma bridge. The current government will supply various raw materials, including yarn dyeing to the weavers, and an exhibition and training center of international standards will be built in the region, ”the Minister of Education also said.

According to the latest weaving census, 40% of the country’s national textile demand is supplied by the weaving industry. The annual production of this industry is 68.70%.

The contribution of the weaving sector to the national economy in terms of added value is Tk 1,227 crore.

The total number of existing manual looms is 183,512, while the loom units in the country are 505,556. The number of looms currently in service is 311,851.

The government has undertaken a number of projects worth Tk 1,848 crore to modernize the handloom industry to meet growing domestic demand and compete globally.

The number of loom factories recognized by the Bangladesh Handloom Board is now 279 and 40% of the country’s total fabric demand is supplied from these, according to the 2003 Loom Census.

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