Govt approves setting up of six sector-specific clusters

Govt approves setting up of six sector-specific clusters


New Delhi: In a bid to improve the living and socio-economic conditions of the weavers and artisans, the government today approved setting up six sector-specific clusters with an estimated expenditure of Rs420 crore.

While the handloom cluster would be set up at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Sibsagar at Assam, the powerloom cluster would come up at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra and Erode in Tamil Nadu.

For the development of handicrafts, clusters would be set up at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh and Narasapur in Andhra Pradesh.

Each cluster would be developed at an estimated cost of Rs70 crore, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

“The comprehensive handicraft cluster development scheme would enhance the competitiveness of artisans in terms of access to technology, increased market share and ensure effective integration of scattered artisans," he said.

The setting up of clusters would benefit the handicraft, powerloom and handloom by providing them access to world class infrastructure to help them develop new designs, products while upgrading their skills to increase earnings and improve socio-economic conditions.

The three scheme would be implemented through public-private-partnership model in the form of collaboration between central and state governments, beneficiary artisans and their groups and the financial institutions for a period of four years beginning from this fiscal.