The Government of India is going to remove Hand Loom Reservation Act, which is giving some extent protection to the hand loom sector till now. Textile Department already Constitute a committee on this issue to analysis the implementation of reservation act and possibilities of removable items of varieties of hand looms or to totally remove this act by putting in the Parliament for amendment. Committee meeting held on 20th March,2015 in this regard in D C H Office Delhi, nobody telling about this issue, what is going on reservation act, they are maintaning the secrecy in the department. In this context, we are all seeking for your suggestions, how we can overcome from this problem to protect the hand looms in india. In which way we can brought this issue before the government as well as civil society for their involvement for hand loom weavers movement.You can read more about the realities of weavers in Andhra. Shyamsundari of Dastkar Andhra is more direct.So, please send your opinions and suggestions to over come from this problem and to protect the lakhs of hand loom weavers lively hood.
We had a two day deliberation in Delhi in the month of March regarding the importance of the Reservation Act in securing the interests of the handloom sector. I spoke to the Enforcement chief personally and to the two deputy directors. They agreed to come but failed to show up. The Secretary was given a direct invitation by one of the members of the Federation of Handloom organisations. Same was the case with the DCH. But there was no representation from the Handloom Department. And within a couple of weeks we hear from the enforcement officials(unofficially) that a move is on to repeal the Act. There seems to be a strong powerloom lobby behind the move and the Secretary Textiles seems to be playing an active role in the whole thing.Livelihoods of weavers are already an issue. Third National Census of Handloom Units and Allied Activity Workers (2010) for Development Commissioner (Handlooms), ministry of textiles by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (India’s oldest and independent think tank) tells us something about who these weavers are.
- 87% of total household units (27.83 lakh) are located in rural areas.
- Nearly 47% of handloom worker households are BPL and rest are non-BPL.
- 29 lakh weavers constitute 76% of the adult workforce.
- 9.38 lakh allied workers are 24% of the adult workforce.
- Almost 67% weavers are engaged full time in weaving.
- Almost 75% of handloom workers are women.
- 60% of adult handloom workers have little or no schooling.