DIRECTOR OF TEXTILES; KEONJHAR
Previously this zone was functioning under Administrative control of the Assistant
Director of Textiles, Baripada of Mayurbhanja district. Subsequently it was bifurcated on
dt.6.12.1985 to function as a separate zone under the administrative control of the
Assistant Director of Textiles, Keonjhar. At the time of creation of this zone there
were only 19 numbers of working weavers co-operative societies and 94 numbers of
liquidated weavers co-op societies/Yarn Distributed Co-operative Societies. At present
this zone is having 25 numbers of working Weavers Co-operative Societies, 5 numbers of
Moribund weavers Co-operative Societies and 95 numbers of Liquidated weavers Co-operative
Societies including one power loom. Out of these 3251 numbers of members and 2097 numbers
of total looms are available under Co-operative Fold. Total 1145 numbers of looms were
active viz. 936 looms in cotton and rest 209 looms in Tassar varieties prior to super
cyclones and flood occurrence during October,1999 and the numbers of active looms in the
zone have gone down due to losses in above super cyclone and flood as well as
non-functioning of some primary weavers Co-operative Societies.
The objective of this Department is to help the interested poor weavers to
bring into Co-Operative to save them the exploitation of Master Craftsman
To provide continuous employment through registered co-operative by
arrangement of cash credit loan through N A B A R D .
To up-grade the skill of the weavers for better wage earning and
livelihood by arranging various training programme as per need
To effect and bring out over all development of the weavers as well as the
co-operative societies in which the weavers are members by providing assistance under
various developmental and welfare schemes launched by both Government of India and
Structure of the
- Assistant Director Of
- Phone No. 55708 ( 06766)
supervisor(Office work with field)
Register of C.S and Two Inspector of Textiles(Office work with field)
junior weaving Supervisor at Field.
|Two Inspectors of
Textiles at field.
|Four weaving Mistry
- One statistical Assistant
- One Primary Investigator.
|One Head Clerk and
Two Senior Clerks, One Driver Two peons,One Choukidar.
The programme implementation are two
category one for society oriented and second is weavers oriented.
Marketing Development Assistance:- Under this scheme, marketing support is
provide to primary weavers Co-Operative Societies in terms of repayment of interest burden
on loan for production activity, discount on sale of fabrics and infrastructural
expenditure incurred by the societies to promote sale of Handloom products. The claim
amount of 10% on average sale of cloth is reimbursed by State Government and Central
Government on matching share
Margin Money Assistance:- In order to increase the borrowing power of the
weavers and share base of the society, the Government of India is providing margin
money assistance to the destitute weavers who are below poverty line and can not deposit
their share amount in the society from own resources. Each individual is provided
Rs.2,000/- as 100% subsidy from Government of India.
subsidy:- To minimize the interest burden on society on availing cash credit loan from
NABARD for their production activities, a subsidy @2% is reimbursed by State Government
as full share.
Development Centre:- The Government of India is providing 100% assistance to the
society towards margin money limit up to 4 lakhs, MDA up to 2.80 lakh opening, rural sale
centre for marketing of Handloom productions up to 1 lakh, Exhibition cost up to Rs.
45,000/- for display and sale of products and reimbursed cost of raw materials and dyes
chemical @5% on purchase. All the assistance are given as one time assistance to the
society in order to improve the work performance of societies functioning in weaver in
weaver concentrated area.
Dyeing Unit:- The quality dyeing unit scheme is meant to improve the quality of Handloom
products on qualitative dyeing in order to ensure dyeing fastness on Handloom products for
Handloom village Development scheme:- This scheme is meant for overall development of
weavers in a cluster approach in selected Handloom village providing productivity,
infrastructure etc. The Government of India is providing Rs.25 lakhs as 100% subsidy
whereas the State Government provides Rs.10.25 lakhs through DRDA as 100% subsidy.
and Propaganda:- This scheme is meant for popularize and display of Handloom products
produced by the poor weavers of Handloom Co-operative Societies. The Societies are
participating in the different exhibitions in the district, state and out side of the
state for display and sale of their Handloom products. The Government of India as
well as Government of Orissa are providing funds time to time to organize the
exhibitions as 100% grant.
Work Shed:- The weavers of the Society are being provided assistance of
Rs.7,000/-from Central Government as 100% subsidy towards construction of improved
work-shed for better work environment, more space with better lighting to prevent it from
Thrift Fund Scheme:- This scheme envisaged creation of fund in nature of a
provident fund for weaver members at their old age. The weaver will contribute 8% of their
earned wages which is deposited in the S.B.D. A/C of the society and the Government
of India and State Government contribute equally @4% each which is also deposited in
the respective A/C of the weavers.
Weavers Insurance Scheme:- The weaver beneficiaries are insured through
Insurance Company (UIIC, India) on an annual premium of Rs.120/- of which weaver
contribution is Rs.20/- and State Government and Central Government
contribution Rs.40/- and Rs.60/- respectively as subsidy component for the weaver. The
weaver is assisted with funds for construction and repair of dwelling houses and purchase
of loom & weaving accessories damaged by fire, cyclone, air craft and riot etc.
Similarly the person is assisted on death and physical disability.
Health Package Scheme:- The scheme intends to ameliorate some of the
health problems related to the profession of the Handloom weaving. The weavers under Coop.
fold are being provided 100% subsidy from Central Government as reimbursement cost
of medicine and treatment of diseases like T.B., Asthama and inflammation of alimentary
system, reimbursement cost of testing of eye and cost of spectacles for eye defective
weavers, maternity benefits for women weavers/women in a weavers house hold, compensation
for sterilization. Drinking water facility like dug well / bore well is also being
provided to weavers concentrated village.
Project package Scheme:- The aim and objectives of the project is to
improve socio economic condition in an integrated manner, render adequate assistance for
skill up-gradation and increase in wage earning of the weavers. Appropriate training is
provided to Handloom weavers for production of qualitative and better designed marketable
products. Loom and improved accessories like dobby, jacquard etc. are provided for
technology up-gradation to higher production and more wage earning. The project is funded
jointly by the Government of India and Government of Orissa as loan and grant
as per requirement of project.
The weavers of this
district are not traditional skilled weavers and most of them belong to S.C. and
S.T.category. They are conversant to weave coarse count of cloth which faces stiff market
competition with power loom products. Although many steps have been taken by imparting
training under different developmental programmes, the success of Handloom Industry in
this district is not so remarkable.
Work sites/Projects that can be visited by interested
Some improvement has been made
in the Handloom Sector of Keonjhar District at Fakirpur and Atta pockets. In these areas
the weavers (although a few in number) are producing value added products like Tassar
Than, Mercerised Sarees as per Market trend and Customer choice. At Fakirpur area the
project package scheme and at Atta the Integrated hand loom village development programme
is under implementation.
Process of Interaction with beneficiaries/Publics
Officials for different Programme:- The interaction with beneficiary and public are
generally made either at Zonal Office with Assistant Director, Textiles and at times
during visit of Assistant Director, Textiles at field and also interaction is made with
help of officials posted in the field.
forms and application criteria etc:- There is no such application form.
Internal Grievance Redressal System of the Department
Any internal grievance is heard by the
Zonal Assistant Director of Textiles in every Saturday except Government holiday.
As the weavers of this
district belong to the ST and SC category and generally weave coarse count of cloth and
are not interested in weaving artistic and value added products, there is no virtual
future perspective of Hand loom activity in the district.
If the elected
management body of the weavers Co-Operative Society will act promptly and encourage and
motivate the weavers to take up production of value added products with intricate/artistic
designs with help of departmental staff, in the long run there may be hope for improvement
of Handloom activities in the district.
Frequently Asked Questions
No-1 How to
form a weavers Co-Operative Society ?
1. More than 51 nos group of weavers having looms.
2. They must have depending on weaving trade.
3. All the weavers in a radius of two to three kilometers
4. They apply to central Co-Operative Bank for finance and
apply to Assistant Director, Textiles for registration of the Society.
5. After getting clarification from Central Co-Operative Bank
for finance, Assistant Director Textiles takes steps for registration of the
6. The bank will finance according depending on the monthly
requirement of funds as working capital.
No-2 Can any weaver get any Government assistance from Assistant
Director Textiles ?
1. No, only weaver members under Co-Operative fold can be
provided the different Government assistance from time to time through the Society.
2. There is no provision to provide Government
assistance for out side weavers of Co-Operative fold.