New Delhi : The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a “Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre” where professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field. The Ministry made the announcement on Friday.
This helpline will function from 10.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and initially it will be provided in 7 languages viz., Hindi, English, and 5 other regional languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali & Assamese).
According to the Handloom Weavers Development Society (HLWDS) it will help in the skill development of the weavers and the technology in the related industrial sectors.
“This will be very beneficial for the weavers and uplift the level of skill and technology in the textile industry” said by the department of HLWDS. He also added that the Centre will open up new opportunity for the market.
Currently 28 Weavers’ Service Centre (WSC) are functioning across the country to provide technical assistance to handloom weavers in improving their skills. For seeking assistance, weavers have to personally visit the WSCs. As on date, there is no single point of contact where weavers can seek solutions for their technical issues/problems. The helpline aims to overcome these problems.
To set up this helpline, online bids were called by the Ministry by following due e-procurement process. M/s. MSD (I) P. Ltd., Bhopal has been selected as an agency for providing Handloom Helpline Centre and LOI was issued on 30.11.2016. According to the reports, call Centre will be operational within a month.
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