Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu’s village to get mega handloom cluster


Guwahati: Olympic silver medalist Mirabai created a history and brought glory to the lives of hundreds of women weavers at her native village in Manipur, with the Centre deciding to set up a mega handloom cluster at Nongpok Kakching village in Imphal East.

Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and industry, Piyush Goyal on November 20 announced that the mega handloom cluster will be set up at a cost of Rs 30 crore to honour Mirabai’s feat “that has made the country proud”.

He also announced that another handloom craft village will be set up at Moirang as a tribute to the Indian National Army fighters, who hoisted the Indian tricolour for the first time on Indian soil.

Minister  Goyal made the announcement after the inauguration of a Thematic Exhibition of Crafts organised jointly by Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Manipur and Union Ministry of Textiles at City Convention Centre, as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration.

The Ministry is setting up the mega cluster under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), the Union Minister added.

Manipur’s handloom and handicraft potential has yet to be fully explored, he added.

According to the sources, Goyal promised that the Ministry will provide all possible help in areas such as skill development, value addition, packaging, design and brand imaging.

The Union Minister expressed his desire that the Chief Minister should request Prime Minister Narendra Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone for the mega handloom cluster to be constructed at Nongpok Kakching under the National Handloom Development Programme, citing PM Modi’s strong commitment to the development of the North East region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign pushed Indians to strive hard for self-sufficiency, adding that every Indian should join hands to make the country’s economy self-sufficient and make India a world superpower.

Taking to the twitter, Manipur Chief Minister said, “I am pleased to share that Hon’ble Union Minister Shri @PiyushGoyal Ji had sanctioned a budget of Rs. 30 Cr. to set up Mega Handloom Cluster at Nongpok Kakching under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.