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PM for modernising weaving industry, promoting 'Khaddar'

19 March 2017,Sunday, 19:51

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here on Sunday called for modernising and enriching the country’s weaving industry with assurance of continuing her government’s all-out support for this industry, UNB reports.

"Our government is always ready to extend all-out cooperation for the development of the weaving industry, and we'll continue to do that so that this industry could be expanded further," she said.

The Prime Minister said this while addressing the National Council 2017 of Bangladesh Tanti League held at Krishibid Institution Auditorium in the city.

Hasina also urged the successors of the weaving industry to carry on their rich tradition. "We've already got the patent of Jamdani, now we'll have to further develop it and publicise it worldwide. If all give the due attention, then our silk, benarasi and cotton sarees will surely develop. We'll also have to ensure better marketing of these weaved clothes."

For this, she said, there is a need for improving the training of the weavers so that no one can neglect the weavers anymore. "You'll have to make such arrangements and that's your duty."

Urging the people of the country especially the males to wear clothes like shirts, panjabis made by local weavers she said, "I also buy clothes made from 'Khaddar' for my son and daughter which are also very beautiful."

"The clothes made from 'Khaddar' are very comfortable and suitable to our weather...We want that our traditions (weaving clothes, Moslin, Khaddar clothes) again get back their lost glory, and the weavers could weave more improved clothes."

Hasina said she never wear exclusive 'French Siphon' sarees after becoming the Prime Minister but always feel comfortable with the desi (local) sarees.

Earlier, the Prime Minister formally inaugurated the National Council of Bangladesh Tanti League through hoisting the national flag. She also released white pigeons on the occasion.

A one-minute silence was also observed in memory of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs of the August 15 killings, martyrs of the War of Independence and those who laid down their lives in various democratic movements.

Suggesting the Bangladesh Tanti League leaders and workers to further strengthen and build their organization through selecting their new leadership through this council, Hasina also asked them to widely publicise the development initiatives of the present government across the country.

Highlighting various steps taken during her government for the welfare of the weaving industry and the handloom industry in January 2017, she said Tk 49,26,000 were distributed among some 142 weavers, while a project was taken with Tk 41.55 crore to set up a Fashion Design and a Textile Institute and a basic centre.

Besides, works are going on to set up separate ‘Jamdani Village’ and ‘Benarasi Village’, while plots are being allocated for the small weavers in Narayanganj in addition to taking a project to set up ‘Weaving Village’ at Shibchar in Madaripur and Janzira in Shariutpur, she said.

Chaired by convener of the Bangladesh Tanti League Md Enajur Rahman Chowdhury, the council was also addressed by its first joint convener Khagesh Chandra Debnath. Its 2nd joint convener Sadhana Das Gupta delivered the welcome address. Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader was present at the dais.


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