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Olympic Medallist’s village gets mega handloom cluster

Nov 26, 2021
Olympic Medallist’s village gets mega handloom cluster

Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced setting up a mega handloom cluster at Olympic silver medallist Saikohm Mirabai Chanu’s native village in Manipur’s Imphal East district.

On his two-day maiden visit to Manipur, he also announced setting up of a handloom and handicraft village at Moirang in Bishnupur district, where the Indian National Army hoisted the tricolour flag for the first time.

The minister made the announcement during his speech after the inauguration of a Thematic Exhibition of Crafts at City Convention Centre, Imphal. The exhibition was organised as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration.

Goyal said that his ministry has decided to set up the mega handloom cluster at Nongpok Kakching, the native village of Olympic silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, dedicated to her contribution to the nation coupled with Manipur’s contribution in the production of handloom and handicraft productions in the country.

Goyal informed that the Ministry of Textiles is setting up the mega cluster at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP).

He also handed over a cheque of Rs 30 lakh to Mirabai Chanu, the handloom brand ambassador of Manipur from the Union Ministry of Textiles. Mirabai's mother, Saikhom Tombi Leima received the cheque on behalf of her daughter.

Goyal also distributed tool kits, pehchan cards, Manipur yard cards, loom certificates, and weaver mudra loan to the selected weavers of the state.

 Image Source: Google Images

Source: SMB Story

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