On the public procurement platform, almost 1.77 lakh craftsmen and weavers have registered
22nd September 2021, Mumbai:
According to the Textiles Ministry, as of August 30, 28,374 craftsmen and 1,49,422 weavers have registered on the public procurement portal GeM.
According to the statement, the measure would aid in the promotion of handloom and handicraft items to government customers without the need for intermediaries.
It is hoped that this would enhance involvement from underserved seller groups such as artisans, weavers, microentrepreneurs, women, tribal entrepreneurs, and self-help organizations who engage in handloom and handicrafts but have difficulty accessing government marketplaces.
The web has about 28 distinct product categories for handloom items and 170 bespoke product categories for handicrafts.
"Dedicated web-banners and market pages for Indian Handloom and Indian Handicrafts products have been developed to showcase high-quality handicraft and handloom products made by artisans, weavers, cooperative societies, SHGs, and producer companies capable of supplying such products to various government buyers," the statement continued. This program aims to offer direct market access to about 35.22 lakh handloom workers and 27 lakh handicraft craftsmen while also eliminating intermediaries.