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The sixth National Handloom Day was held by holding a function in Manipur capital Imphal to create awareness on handloom, its importance, usage and the employment generation on Friday.

The directorate of Handloom and Textiles organized the event.

Manipur’s textiles, commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh and Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd chairman S Rajen Singh attended the observation.

The commissioner cum secretary Textiles, Commerce and Industry Devesh Deval, director Handloom and Textiles, K Lamlee Kamei and other officials of the directorate also attended the celebration.

The State Awards to outstanding three weavers and five artisans were conferred with cash award of Rs 1 lakh each for 2019-20.

Merit awards to three weavers and 15 artisans with cash award of Rs 50,000 each were also conferred.

Consolation Awards of Rs 10,000 each were also conferred.

Under the Scheme for Awardees,financial assistance at Rs 4.40 lakh each were also distributed to two State Awardees of 2018-19 for producing their award winning products on commercial scale.

As part of the celebration the State Award for Handloom and Handicrafts were also distributed.

And a coffee table book on Manipur Handloom & Handicrafts and a guideline book for Exports of textile Materials were also released.

The National Handloom Day is being is celebrated in commemoration of the formal proclamation of the Swadeshi Movement and passage of the Boycott Resolution to boycott the Manchester cloth and Liverpool salt on August 7, 1905 in a massive meeting held in the Calcutta Town Hall.

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