The Odisha cabinet has approved setting up of a Handlooms and Handicrafts Development and Promotion Council to ensure growth of the industry and welfare of artisans. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal to set up the council in Bhubaneswar.
The council would provide guidance to the government for conducting periodical socio-economic census and maintenance of database of weavers and artisans. It would also work towards improving the livelihood of families of weavers and artisans of the state. The government has proposed to provide Rs 20 crore during the current financial year to the council.
Odisha is known for the production of handloom and handicraft products. More than 3.5 lakh weaver and artisan families earn their livelihood from this diverse production base.