Ministry of Textiles distributes Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines for women to enhance their income
New Delhi, Feb 11 (KNN) Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines were distributed to women reelers from tribal areas at Surging Silk Mega Event organized by the Ministry of Textiles and Central Silk Board to enhance their income.
Union Minister of Textiles Minister Zubin Irani in her address said that Buniyad reeling machine will not only rid the woman reelers of the painful practice of thigh reeling but also enhance their income and help them live a dignified life.
The Textiles Minister said that the silk production has increased by 41% since 2013-14.
The distribution of the machine is part of total eradication of the age old practice of thigh reeling and to ensure rightful earning to the poor rural and tribal woman reelers in Tasar silk sector.
The machine developed by Central Silk Technological Research Institute in association with an entrepreneur from Champa in Chhattisgarh will improve the quality and productivity of Tasar silk yarn and reduce the drudgery of women.
It is planned to eradicate thigh reeling and replace it with Buniyaad reeling machine by end of March 2020.
Woman reelers using the traditional method earn approximately Rs.125/- per day while a Tasarreeler using Buniyaad machine can earn Rs.350/- per day. The machine is priced at Rs.8,475/- per unit excluding taxes and transportation charges.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj assured the Textiles ministry to provide all support for promoting global trade of silk.
She said that silk is a strong commodity and there is a huge demand for it in the international market.
Talking about the popularity of Indian silk saree, Swaraj said her counterparts during the United Nations General Assembly meetings, often ask about the wide variety of color, pattern and different designs of these fabrics.
Swaraj said that the efforts of Textiles Minister to eradicate thigh reeling in Tasar sector with Buniyad machines clearly demonstrates her concern for the women folk and will certainly help improve the socio-economic conditions of tribal families engaged in the production of silk.
The External Affairs Minister urged theTextiles Ministry to strive for eliminating the practice of thigh reeling this year by distributing these equipment.
During the event, best achievers of silk industry across various segments of sericulture were honoured. (KNN Bureau)