If Jharcraft has its way, around 40,000 weavers linked with it will have access to better facilities in terms of infrastructure and skill development under a Centre-sponsored programme.
The state-owned handloom and handicraft corporation has roped in a Noida-based consultant to conduct baseline surveys in six districts to find out the problems faced by the weavers and prepare a detailed project report on how to improve existing infrastructure to offer a better working environment to them.
Apart from preparing the DPR, ICRA Management Consulting Services will offer technical guidance to the Union government to execute and manage the project.
ICRA Management Consulting Services had sent two of its members to the state capital almost 10 days ago. From there, the team headed to Godda district, where 10,000 weavers are engaged in making handicraft, handloom and silk products.
The team will be back in the city on February 27 and 28 for carrying out initial baseline surveys in five other districts, namely Deoghar, Pakur, Sahebganj, Dumka and Jamtara. It will identify the cluster in each of the six districts.
“It will take almost two to three months to prepare DPRs of all six districts after baseline surveys are conducted. The consultant will analyse weakness and strength of the weavers besides finding out the hurdles they face while carrying out their job,” said managing director of Jharcraft Dhirendra Kumar.
This is not all. ICRA Management Consulting Services will be also responsible for maintaining dilapidated roads to ensure better connectivity in the districts, develop warehouses and upgrade worn-out looms. “The company will be independently involved in evaluating and monitoring overall activities of the weavers to get maximum output to meet the demands in both domestic and international markets,” Kumar added.
Once the DPR is prepared, it has to be approved by a state-level committee that will be established under the state industries department before the Centre gives its final nod.
“With the help of the Noida-based consultant, we can usher in positive changes in the working style of our weavers,” the Jharcraft MD hoped.
Jharcraft is also in the process of setting up handloom cluster, weavers’ service centres etc.