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Jammu will promote handloom as a major cottage industry.

Weavers of the state are one of the most backward and neglected sections of society. Weavers will be given facilities and access to financial institutions. Skill development programs will get a boost. There are more than 100 centers where trainees learn about handloom weaving, pashmina weaving, carpet making and readymade garments at a stipend of Rs 500 for elementary and Rs 700 for advance training. There are 503 registered cooperative societies in the handloom sector out of which 257 are functional. There are benefits like reimbursement of 10 per cent rebate on the sale of handloom products and loans under the schemes of the micro credit plan, the weaver credit card, loans for looms and sewing machine and share capital loan schemes. Scholarship is also provided to girl students belonging to weaver families besides social security cover to weavers in the form of health and life insurance schemes.

There are centrally sponsored schemes like the integrated handloom development scheme, comprehensive handloom development scheme, and the marketing and export promotion scheme. Handloom clusters are also being run. There is a huge demand for Jammu and Kashmir handlooms and handicrafts worldwide.


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