30 May 2012

Plans for Sick/Closed Handicrafts Units

As per 3rd National Handloom Census (2009-10), out of 2,377,331 Handloom Units across the country, 230,899 are idle. Assam has 1,28,905 idle units and West Bengal has 39,761 idle units. State-wise data of sick/closed handloom units are not collected by Government annually. 

Government does not provide financial assistance for revival of sick/closed industries. Government has set up the Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) for addressing issues of industry sickness. 

The State–wise fund allocated/spent under Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS) to the workers of closed private Non-SSI textile mills during the last three years are Rs. 1381 lacs in Maharashtra, Rs. 842 lacs in Andhra Pradesh, Rs. 40 lacs in Gujarat, Rs. 548 lacs in Madhya Pradesh, Rs. 42 lacs in Tamil Nadu, Rs. 408 lacs in Punjab and Rs. 314 lacs in West Bengal. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha

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