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Ponduru khadi in Srikakulam to be promoted: FM

Aug 11, 2021
Ponduru khadi in Srikakulam to be promoted: FM


The Government of India is reportedly exploring the possibility of establishing a textile cluster in the Srikakulam district, according to Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister.

Nirmala Sitharaman, at the celebrations of the National Handloom Day, said that the centre is giving top priority to handloom products by establishing mega handloom clusters across India. As per the data, handloom marketing has crossed Rs 180 billion mark in 2020-21.

Ponduru Khadi has been recognised internationally but has not been able to deliver a remunerative price to weavers. The government is thinking of establishing a handloom cluster at Ponduru on the lines of Mangalagiri in Guntur so that the brand value of the product is given a boost, the minister said. She has also asked Nabard officials to extend loans to khadi artisans. She also said that she will come out with new ways to extending loans so that new technologies in weaving can be adopted by the weavers. She also inspected the weaving process and talked with the artisans at Andhra Fine Khadi Labour Development Association.

Source – The Times Of India

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