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After the handloom, the government scrapped the powerloom board | India News


NEW DELHI: Following the handicraft boards and handlooms from all over India, the textiles ministry dissolved another advisory body, the All India Powerloom Board, and notified a change in the status of the eight textile research associations (TRAs), saying that now cease to be. “Affiliated bodies” of the ministry. TRAs will now be “approved bodies” for testing, research and development activities related to the textile sector.
According to the bulletin notification, it is cited that the decisions are in line, as stated in the case of the craft and handloom boards, with the principle of “minimum government, maximum governance” of the Center. The move is claimed to reflect a vision of “a more agile government machinery and systematic streamlining of government bodies.”
The August 6 notification on Textile Research Associations states that from now on, “any disposition, sale, transfer of assets created from a grant from the central government will require prior and specific approval from the textiles ministry.” Ministry officials have also been removed from the governing bodies of these TRAs. At first glance, the measure reduces the government’s presence, although any further changes in membership will have to be expected. TRAs have been asked to include the notified changes in their statutes. The eight TRAs include the North India TRA in Ghaziabad, the Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association, the Bombay TRA, the Coimbatore-based South India TRA, the Silk Mills Research Association Synthetic and Artistic in Mumbai, Artificial TRA in Surat, World Research Association in Thane and Kolkata Research Association of Jute Industries of India.
Previously, the notice to abolish the All India Powerloom Board was issued on August 4. According to the website of the textiles ministry, the board was first constituted as an advisory board in November 1981. It was reconstituted for a two-year period in December. 2013. It had representatives from the central and state governments, Powerloom Federation, power loom associations and the textile industry as members and was headed by the Union’s textile minister as president.
According to government sources, the decision to dissolve the boards follows an assessment that they failed to impact policy formulation and became vehicles of “political patronage” with the emergence of a “culture of intermediaries” that did not serve the interests of the weavers. Officials noted that the focus is now on field officers who have the responsibility of reaching out to weavers and creating links with central, state and district administrations.

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