All India Handloom and Powerloom boards disbanded by the Indian Government

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After the all India crafted works and handloom board, the service of materials has disbanded another warning body — the All India Powerloom Board and told an adjustment in the status of each of the eight Textiles Research Associations (TRAs) — saying they presently stop to be “subsidiary bodies” of the service. The TRAs will currently be “endorsed bodies” for directing testing, research and formative exercises identified with the materials division.

According to the newspaper warning the choices are referred to in line — as was said on account of the handiworks and handloom sheets — with the Center’s “base government, most extreme administration” standard. It is expressed that the progression mirrors a dream for a “more slender government hardware and for orderly defense of government bodies”.

The August 6 notice on the Textiles Research Associations expresses that starting now and into the foreseeable future, “any removal, deal, move of benefits made out of focal government award will require earlier explicit endorsement of the service of materials.” Also authorities of the service in the administering assemblages of these TRAs have been pulled back. By all accounts, the move diminishes government nearness however some other changes in participation should be anticipated. The TRAs have been approached to remember for their

bye-laws the progressions that have been told. The eight TRAs incorporate Northern India TRA in Ghaziabad, Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association, Bombay TRA,

Coimbatore-based South India TRA, Synthetic and Art Silk Mills Research Association in Mumbai, Man-made TRA in Surat, World Research Association in Thane and Kolkata-based Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association.

The move was received by a lot of mixed reactions by the public. Posts rendering concerns and appreciation were witnessed on Social Media Platforms even though not much media attention was given.


A Handloom Board had first been set up in 1945 and worked until 1947. The Handicrafts Board was set up in 1952 by political dissident Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. Separate boards for handiworks and handloom, and the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (began in 1957 and now under the service of miniaturized scale, little and medium ventures) rose up out of this body. The most recent symbol of the handloom block came in 1992.

In a Mann Ki Baat Episode in 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had guaranteed that the boards for handloom, crafted works, khadi and town ventures were set up during Jana Sangh pioneer Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s residency as businesses serve. Notwithstanding,

Mookerjee was in office just until 1950. During his residency a Handloom Standing Committee with a handloom improvement reserve of Rs 10 lakh was set up.

Other than legitimate individuals including the materials served, civil servants from the service and state government chosen people, the sheets incorporate craftsmans and business visionaries from the division. These boards’ objective was to give strategy contributions to advancing, creating and showcasing these artworks and for organizing the endeavors of the different government offices. Advancement magistrates were named for these assignments since the 1980s.


Prior, the notice to abrogate the All India Powerloom Board was given on August 4. According to the service of materials site, the board was first established as a warning board in November, 1981. It was reconstituted for a time of two years in December 2013. It had agents of focal and state governments, Powerloom Federation, relationship of intensity loom and material industry as its individuals and was going by the Union pastor of materials as administrator.

As per government sources, the choice to disband the boards follows an evaluation that they neglected to affect strategy making and became vehicles of “political support” with the development of an ‘agent culture’ that didn’t help the interests of weavers. Authorities brought up that the emphasis is currently on field officials who have the obligation to connect with weavers and make joins with area, state and focal organizations.

Even though after abolitioning the boards on 3rd August the cabinet celebrated the National Handlooms Day on 7th August.

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Written by Ojasvi Taak

His name is Ojasvi Taak, currently pursuing law in his final year of the B.A.LL.B (H) integrated course. He wants to write and is inclined towards journalism and studies law to gain an insight of what makes the world, the way it is.

He is a product of multilingual north indian cultures and believes in not restricting oneself in one colour. An avid reader of indian history and philosophy, always tries to make sense of what was and what is. He thinks he can create art in the form of sketches and painting. He is always open to expand his horizons and is also a lover of travel. He wants to use his voice to make people aware about their rights.

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