Telangana: New looms, health cards, hiked ex-gratia — KTR’s new poll-year initiatives for handloom sector

On National Handloom Day, Telangana rolled out new schemes and revised some existing ones for the welfare of weavers.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Aug 07, 2023 | 9:05 PMUpdatedAug 07, 2023 | 9:07 PM

KTR laid foundation stones for the Handlooms Convention Centre and Handloom & Handicraft Museum at Uppal Bhagayath on National Handloom Day. (Twitter)

It seems like the Telangana government is playing Santa Claus, offering freebies to all in the hope of support from them in the Assembly elections later this year.

The state government rolled out several new schemes and revised some of the existing schemes for the welfare of weavers on the occasion of National Handloom Day on Monday, 7 August.

Initiatives for the handloom industry

Speaking at the National Handloom Day celebrations in Manneguda, Hyderabad, Handlooms and Textiles Minister KT Rama Rao announced the new initiatives.

The minister announced a slew of schemes, including “Telangana Chenetha Maggam”, “Nethannaku Health Card”, an extension of “Nethanna Bima”, revised “Chenetha Mithra”, and an increase in ex-gratia for Telangana State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Society (TSCO) members. In addition, Pochampally Handloom Park will be revived by the state government.

Prior to the celebrations, KTR laid foundation stones for the Handlooms Convention Centre and Handloom & Handicraft Museum at Uppal Bhagayath.

The museum aims to preserve the rich history of handlooms, showcasing the tools utilised in this craft since ancient times and ensuring that the legacy is passed on to forthcoming generations.

The Handlooms Convention Centre is designed to host gatherings for handloom buyers and sellers, as well as Research & Development and other conferences.

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More about the initiatives

Under Telangana Chenetha Maggam Scheme, all the existing pit looms will be replaced with frame looms. With a budget of ₹40.50 crore, each loom will be replaced at the cost of ₹38,000.

Health cards will be issued to weavers with an annual coverage of ₹25,000 and the existing Nethanna Bima will be extended to weavers aged between 59-75 years by integrating it with Nethannaku Cheyutha Scheme. KTR also announced that the ex-gratia amount for TSCO members would be increased from ₹12,500 to ₹25,000.


Earlier, 50 percent subsidy was provided on the purchase of yarn, dyes, and chemicals. However, the workers said that not all of them are benefitted because of issues in uploading invoices and the conditions to buy yarn through National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) or NHDC-approved depots.

Addressing the issue, the minister announced that ₹3,000 per month per loom will be directly deposited in handloom workers’ accounts.

On the occasion, Ministers KTR and V Srinivas Goud presented Konda Laxman Bapuji awards and ceremoniously handed over cheques pertaining to various schemes to beneficiaries.

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