Centre to set up handloom park in Itanagar

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Governor meets textiles minister, calls for promotion of Arunachali textiles

HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR, June 10:  Union minister for textiles Smriti Zubin Irani while stressing on the need for promotion of traditional loin looms in Arunachal Pradesh, has announced setting up of a handloom park in the state capital.

“A handloom park will be developed in the state capital region wherein loin loom weaving can be taken up adequately and all its aspects taken care of,” Irani told Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) when the latter called on her in the national capital on Monday.

Both Irani and Mishra discussed promotion of traditional loin loom and women and children issues of the state.

The Governor called promotion of traditional Arunachali textiles at the national and international levels. He said that the designs and patterns of traditional weaving of Arunachal Pradesh are unique, attractive, exclusive and one of its kinds in the world.

“Each and every tribe of Arunachal Pradesh has different colour and design symbolizing their identity,” the Governor said adding that loin loom weaving is an extension of the traditions and has been a time tested self employment avenue for women.

Reminding the Union Minister of her visit to Itanagar on February 22 last, the Governor reiterated the challenges of local traditional weavers and requested her to start cotton and silk banks in Arunachal Pradesh. He underscored that to preserve the age-old loin loom tradition in its pristine form, the local weavers must have the facility at hand to collect their thread requirement.

Accepting the Governor’s request, the Textiles minister made the announcement regarding handloom park.


Guv urges Shah to modernise state police force

Mishra urged Union home minister Amit Shah to initiate measures to modernise the state police force to tackle insurgency problem in three districts of the state.

The governor, who called on Shah in New Delhi, stressed on upgradation of riot control training and riot control equipment of the force, an official statement said here.

During the meeting, Mishra mentioned insurgency problem in the eastern districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding – all sharing border with Myanmar.

Suspected NSCN militants had gunned down sitting MLA and NPP assembly poll candidate Tirong Aboh and 10 others, including his son and two security personnel in Tirap district on May 21.

The governor requested the minister to provide fund to set up accommodation facilities for lower level police personnel and mobility.

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