“It is time our women, who constitute a major workforce in the textiles industry, are given due recognition for their hard work and dedication. On this International Women’s Day, I announce, a new category of awards, ‘Kamala devi Chattopadhyay National Awards’ to honour women weavers and artisans,” echoed SmritiIrani, Union Textiles Minister of India.
The Textiles Ministry celebrated the International Women’s Day by taking slew of measures for uplifting and improving the conditions of women artisans and weavers in the country. An MoU was also signed with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), and the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corp. (NBCFDC) for the up liftment of women weavers and artisans.
Additionally, the Ministry, through Central Silk Board, has developed ‘Buniyaad’ machines to reduce labour and improve productivity. These machines were also distributed to women workers at the function.
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Under the MUDRA scheme, Smriti Irani also distributed loans to more than 1,700 women weavers across the country. Furthermore, through the interventions of skilling and technology, the Ministry hopes to reach out to about 33 lakh women weavers and 38.6 lakh women artisans.