Monday, May 21, 2012

Census of Handicrafts/Handloom

The census of handicrafts artisans is in progress.  However as per the result made available on different parameters pertaining to handicraft sector based on enumeration undertaken till now, it is estimated that the number of artisans in the country is 68.86 lakhs.

            .  To improve the skill of workers engaged in handicrafts including Stone Carving and Metal Carving industry in Odisha, the Government is implementing the scheme of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY), Human Resource Development and Design and Technological Upgradation.


            Through Market Support Services Scheme of the Government, artisans are encouraged to participate in Gandhi Shilp Bazars, Craft Bazars, Sourcing Shows and Exhibitions etc. Besides Government have set up 21 Urban Haat on the pattern of Dilli Haat in big towns/metropolitan cities to provide direct marketing facilities to handicraft artisans/handloom weavers.

            Moreover, under the component of International Marketing of the Marketing Support Services Scheme, artisans are deputed for participation in cultural exchange programme/craft exchange programme in international events/exhibitions etc.

                        The number of male and females handicraft  artisans in the country including of Kumhar (Potter) of Orissa is estimated as 30.25 lakhs and 38.61 lakhs respectively.  However the State-wise figures shall only be known once the census of handicrafts artisans is completed.

            As per Handloom Census of India (2009-10), there are 29,08,800 Adult Handloom Weavers across the country.  Of this, 22,03,038 are Female weavers.  State-wise details is given in the annexure.

            Percentage of full time women weavers is more than 65% in most of the States except North Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttrakhand.  State-wise details of women weavers, who are full time, are also given in the same annexure.

                        The steps proposed to be taken by the Government to promote handicrafts sector during the Twelfth Five Year Plan include: implementation of schemes of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY), Design & Technology Up-gradation Scheme, Marketing Support Services Scheme, Research & Development Scheme, Human Resource Development Scheme and Handicraft Artisans Comprehensive Welfare Scheme. Two New scheme namely ‘special scheme for North Eastern Region’  and Infrastructure  Development has been proposed under 12th Five Year Plan.

Annexure

Annexure referred to in reply to part (c) of Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No.7290 to be answered on 21.5.2012.

Sl.
No.
Names of State(s)
Total Male
Total Female
Total
Full time Female weavers
Full time Female weavers as a %age of total female weavers
1.       
Andhra Pradesh
1,28,728
52,760
1,81,508
46384
87.92
2.       
Arunachal Pradesh
210
25,662
25,872
9363
36.49
3.       
Assam
12,765
13,88,653
14,01,418
686457
49.43
4.       
Bihar
9,280
2,473
11,753
1783
72.10
5.       
Chhattisgarh
2,211
218
2,429
212
97.25
6.       
Delhi
1,338
132
1,470
115
87.12
7.       
Gujarat
3,218
970
4,188
726
74.85
8.       
Haryana
5,697
27
5,724
27
100.00
9.       
Himachal Pradesh
2,004
4,572
6,576
848
18.55
10.   
Jammu & Kashmir
5,223
2,126
7,349
319
15.00
11.   
Jharkhand
8,016
1,955
9,971
1807
92.43
12.   
Karnataka
31,149
8,783
39,932
8303
94.53
13.   
Kerala
3,354
7,820
11,174
7749
99.09
14.   
Madhya Pradesh
5,451
1,834
7,285
1593
86.86
15.   
Maharashtra
1,689
258
1,947
250
96.90
16.   
Manipur
1,496
1,99,111
2,00,607
169310
85.03
17.   
Meghalaya
83
12,534
12,617
7015
55.97
18.   
Mizoram
1,767
38,513
40,280
6095
15.83
19.   
Nagaland
1,353
44,522
45,875
21`351
47.96
20.   
Orissa
41,466
7,556
49,022
5930
78.48
21.   
Pondicherry
1,056
894
1,950
791
88.48
22.   
Punjab
584
342
926
289
84.50
23.   
Rajasthan
4,120
4,362
8,482
3533
80.99
24.   
Sikkim
14
527
541
264
50.09
25.   
Tamilnadu
1,36,352
92,016
2,28,368
77477
84.20
26.   
Tripura
1,385
1,28,791
1,30,176
6489
5.04
27.   
Uttar Pradesh
91,213
25,409
1,16,622
21720
85.48
28.   
Uttrakhand
4,120
2,101
6,221
1185
56.40
29.   
West Bengal
2,00,400
1,48,117
3,48,517
1`23482
83.37

ALL INDIA
7,05,762
22,03,038
29,08,800
1210867
54.96

Nos. of Adult Handloom weavers as per Handloom Census of India (2009-10)