A whole lot of looms, yarn and spindles have been broken within the cyclone and flood, as most weavers dwell in thatched homes
Cyclone Yaas has aggravated issues for weavers in Odisha, even because the revival of the handloom sector in Odisha had already been stalled by the second wave of the novel coronavirus illness (COVID-19).
Round 10,000 weaver households in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj districts are in serious trouble after the devastating cyclone broken their homes and looms.
Chandra Sahoo, a weaver from Kora village in Kendrapara district, mentioned:
5 months in the past, the weaving sector was simply starting to revive. However the second wave pressured us to cease weaving. Marriage and competition seasons are the perfect time for weavers to earn more cash as many individuals buy sarees and different handloom objects from us. However gross sales have already taken a beating on this marriage season because of the lockdown and a number of other restrictions on the wedding capabilities
Akhuji Chand, a weaver from Gopalpur village, mentioned the weaving trade had already been marred by many issues. “Now, the lethal virus, coupled with the cyclone and floods, has worsened the state of affairs,” he added.
“Heavy rains triggered by Yaas additionally brought on flooding in our village. Each of my looms have been washed away within the swirling waters of the flood. I don’t assume we are going to survive,” Abhijit Jena, a weaver from Gobindapur village in Kendrapara district, mentioned.
“I used to be incomes round Rs 8,000-10,000 a month. However my two looms have been broken after my mud-walled home collapsed within the cyclone,” Sangram Singh, a dejected weaver of Jagannathpur in Bhadrak district, mentioned.
A whole lot of looms, yarn and spindles have been broken within the cyclone and flood, as most weavers dwell in thatched homes. Many looms are buried within the mud.
“I can’t afford to run my looms anymore and no person needs to lease them,” Maheswar Sutra, a weaver from Manapur village mentioned, pointing to his waterlogged loom in his home.
Srikant Nayak, the vice-president of All Odisha Weavers’ Affiliation, mentioned:
Weaving is our sole exercise. Some other pursuit doesn’t fetch us our each day bread. It’s excessive time that the federal government present monetary and different assist to the Yaas-affected weavers of the state to mitigate their plight. These weavers who’ve pucca homes, weren’t badly affected within the cyclone. The Union authorities illegally abolished the handloom board for political reasons last year during the pandemic. All of the 30 districts of the state have weavers’ associations.
Debjit Nandy, the deputy director of the textile division, mentioned his staff’s first purpose had been to get weavers again to their looms.
We’ve already began to determine the components wanted for the broken looms. We have just lately surveyed the weaver-dominated villages of the Yaas-affected areas with the assistance of the district administration and despatched the report back to the director of the textile division. We are going to quickly present all forms of assist to the affected weavers. Loom repairs fluctuate in value, relying on the extent of the harm. We hope that every one weavers shall be again engaged on their particular person looms in a single to 2 months.
Nandy added that in 2020, the state authorities had granted Rs 15 crore to Boyanika, a state authorities organisation and Rs 1 crore to SERIFED (Odisha Cooperative Tassar & Silk Federation Ltd) and Rs 9 crore to Sambalpuri Bastralaya, one other authorities to buy merchandise from the weavers and mitigate their plight on account of COVID-19.
“We bought sarees and different objects from them. As a result of second wave of COVID-19, the destiny of a giant numbers of weavers is now at stake. The state authorities is set to assist them on the time of disaster,” added Nandy.
He mentioned round 66,000 households of the state have been handloom weavers and just one,500 households have been energy loom weavers.
“In 2019-20, we offered handloom merchandise price Rs 279 crore. However on account of COVID-19, we offered handloom merchandise price solely Rs 183 crore in 2020-21. The Union authorities abolished the All India Handloom Board on July 27, 2020. I can’t say what the rationale behind the abolishment of the board was,” he famous.
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