New Delhi: To inculcate the use of handloom clothes in the country, a Parliamentary panel today suggested that the Centre direct all states and union territories to ask students and teachers to wear handloom dress at least once a week.
Taking a cue from the Kerala Government, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Labour in its 35th report said that such an order, taken by the state at the behest of the Handloom Cooperative, “will go a long way in inculcating the use of handloom clothes in the country”.
Releasing the 44-page report on general conditions of weavers in the country at a press conference here, Committee Chairman S Sudhakar Reddy said the Centre should send similar advisory requests to all states and UTs.
For protection of handloom markets from invasion of non-handloom products, the panel recommended that proper machinery should be set up for strict enforcement of Handloom (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985. There should also be proper labelling of handloom and powerloom products so that these have distinct identities, it said.
It also said more and more articles should be reserved for production in handloom sector along with institutional buy back arrangements by the government.
“This will help in reducing the monopoly of a few to manipulate and influence the handloom market according to their whims and fancies,” the report said.
The panel suggested a 10-point action plan, including issuance of identity cards to eligible weavers besides healthcare and insurance cover, for the overall improvement in their conditions.