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IOCL, Roads and Highways Department of Bangladesh ink MoU

19/08/2016 12:57

The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and the Roads and Highways Department of People’s Republic of Bangladesh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Dhaka, as per the government release.

The MoU enables IOCL to send its trucks carrying Motor Spirit, High Speed Diesel, Superior Kerosene Oil & Liquefied Petroleum Gas from Meghalaya to Tripura via territory of Bangladesh, it added.

The release further said that, the validity of this facility is till end September, 2016 and both sides have also agreed to extend the transit facility for a further short period on need basis.

The work on the broad gauging of the railway track in the North-Eastern region has shifted the goods vehicle traffic on to the roads. Further, due to heavy rains in the region this Monsoon, the roads, including NH 44, have been affected resulting in non plying of goods trucks, including those carrying petroleum goods to Tripura. This resulted into a situation of scarcity of essential petroleum goods, the report added.

The Bangladesh Government, given the friendly, multi-dimensional and expanding bilateral relations between the two countries, agreed to India’s request for facilitation of the movement of IOCL trucks carrying petroleum goods to Tripura through its territory. While alternate measures are also being taken to address the situation, the facilitation extended by the Bangladesh Government under the MoU is expected to improve the situation of shortage of petroleum products in Tripura in appreciable measure.

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MoU signed to bring paradigm shift in handloom sector

MoU signed to bring paradigm shift in handloom sector

08/08/2016 15:01

The government has embarked on linking its skill development initiative with its programme to develop handloom industry, reported PTI.

An MoU in this regard was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Textiles here on National Handloom Day to “bring a paradigm shift in the handloom industry”.

“Spinning, dyeing, ‘beem bharai’, designing, weaving – all these are traditional skills which are there from decades but have never been realised formally. We must revive interest in these skills and make them viable, paying and valued.

“This will bring about entrepreneurial and managerial capability and skills of IT and financial planning which will change the way how young loom craftsperson organise their traditional skills into aspiring businesses,” Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said.

An official release said MSDE and the Ministry of Textiles have chalked out a new strategy for promoting production and marketing of high value quality handloom products with the key objective of enhancing the earnings of handloom weavers.

“Our conversation about skills have always been focused on learning the art of working with our hands. Who would know and value this more than our own weavers and loom craftsmen who have retained the culture and tradition of our country with their works,” Rudy said.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani, who is steering the vision of scaling the handloom and textile sector to new heights, the release said.

At present, 28 Weavers Service Centres (WSCs) across the country are providing technical assistance to handloom weavers, it said.

WSCs are the nodal agency for carrying out skill up-gradation training in the areas of weaving, designing, dyeing/printing, managerial functions and use of technology in handiworks.

Additionally, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, through the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), has institutionalised the entire framework and the Central government awards nationally recognised certificates to these skills, it said.

The release said a special focus has been on reviving the handloom clusters in the North Eastern states.

The handloom sector under the textile industry is the largest economic activity after agriculture. Around 43 lakh people are engaged in hand weaving and allied activities, it said.

The workforce distribution in this sector is highly concentrated with 60.5 per cent (16.83 lakhs) of handlooms/weaver households located in northeast India.

As per the third handlooms Census of 2009-10, more than 43 lakh people are engaged in weaving and allied activities. The figure for the same was 65.5 lakhs as per the second handloom census conducted during 1995-96, it said.

Out of the 38.47 lakh adult weavers and allied workers in the country, 77 per cent are women and 23 per cent male weavers. 10 per cent of the weavers are from scheduled castes (SCs), 18 per cent from scheduled tribes (STs), 45 per cent from other backward classes (OBCs) and 27 per cent from other castes, the release added.