Entries invited for Newly instituted Awards in Handloom Design and Marketing

Entries invited for Newly instituted Awards in Handloom Design and Marketing

Awards to be given for Design Development and Marketing of Handloom Products

Newly instituted Awards to be conferred on National Handloom Day, 2016

Starting this year, the Government of India will confer national awards for excellence in design development and marketing of handloom products. Three National Awards & six National Merit Awards in the field of Design Development for promotion of handloom products, and five National Awards & 10 National Merit awards in the field of Marketing of handloom products have been constituted by the Ministry of Textiles. 

The awards have been instituted in accordance with the advice given by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on the occasion of first National Handloom Day on 7th August 2015; the PM said that Ministry of Textiles may institute awards in the fields of Design Development for promotion of handloom products and Marketing of handloom products.


The awards will be given for outstanding contribution in the following categories.

Eligible categories for awards in the field of Design Development for promotion of handloom products:
i)  Institutions including NGOs working in the hand loom sector.
ii) Individual designers.
iii)Young designers (not more than 35 years of age).

Eligible categories for awards in the field of Marketing of handloom products:
(i)   Primary cooperative societies
(ii)  Apex cooperative societies
(iii) E-commerce platforms
(iv) Exporters
(v)  Private entities/entrepreneurs.

Advertisement regarding submission of entries etc. from the eligible agencies has already been published in Hindi, in English and in vernacular languages all over the country in all important regional/national newspapers on 7th February, 2016. The guidelines and schedule of calendar along with application forms can also be downloaded from the website of DC (Handlooms) - www.handlooms.nic.in. The last date for submission of entries is 15.03.2016. The award will be conferred to selected persons/institutions on the occasion of celebration of National Handloom Day, on 7th August 2016.

The Ministry of Textiles has already been conferring Sant Kabir Awards, National Awards and National Merit Certificates to handloom weavers for excellence in the field of handloom sector.

Budget allocation for Water Resources Ministry increased by 168 percent
Allocation for Ground Water enhanced by 85 percent
Overall allocation of resources for the Ministry of Water Resources has increased from Rs 7,431 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 12,517 crore in the Union Budget for 2016-17 through budgetary support and market borrowings. This shows an increase of more than 168%. This was stated by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti while addressing a press conference in New Delhi today. The Minister said Allocation for Ground Water Scheme has been enhanced by 85% and another major program for sustainable Ground Water Resources for Rs 6,000 crore has been approved.

Referring to the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) the Minister said a total of 297 projects have so far been taken up under the programme and out of which 143 projects have since been completed. Out of the 149 projects that are on-going, 89 projects have been found to be active and 46 of them have been placed under high priority category. These projects are likely to get completed by the end of 2020 in different stages. Further, out of these 46 projects, 23 projects have been further shortlisted and are targeted for completion by March 2017. These projects are being taken up in mission mode so that the projects get completed by the target time and the complete benefits from the projects accrue to the farmers. An innovative funding mechanism has been devised for arranging funds for these projects. The funds are to be arranged from market borrowing with a repayment schedule spread over 10-20 years from the annual budget of Centre and States. To complete the priority projects the Centre and States will work together in mission mode. A committee with Irrigation Ministers of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra alongwith Principal Secretaries of some other States has been constituted to bring more synergy in to this exercise. The Minister said another emphasis has been to bridge the gap between the already created potential and utilised. The existing gap between Potential created and potential utilized ranges from 24 Mha to 47 Mha. She said, “This gap has to be bridged in a mission mode. Joint efforts for improvement of system deficiencies and command area development for optimization of resources have been initiated”.

Sushri Bharti said ground water is another important thrust area of her Ministry. She said over-extraction of ground water resources, non-sustainable irrigation and quality deterioration are threatening the reliability of groundwater supplies in India. Sushri Bharti said India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. An estimated 230 cubic kilometers of groundwater per year is extracted- over a quarter of the global total. More than 60% of irrigated agriculture and 85 % of drinking water supplies are dependent on groundwater. The Minister said National Groundwater Management Improvement Project (NGWMIP) is proposed to support sustainable groundwater resource management and creation of an environment for reforms. The project will be completed in six year with financial outlay of Rs. 6000 crore out of which Rs. 3000 cores shall come as IBRD loan. The Project will have four major components viz. Decision support tools for groundwater management, Area-specific framework for sustainable groundwater management, Enhancement of groundwater recharge and improvement in water use efficiency and strengthening institutions to foster community based management. The Project will be implemented in identified water-stressed areas in five States (Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka).

Underlining the importance of aquifer mapping the Union Water Resources Minister said Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has embarked into Largest Aquifer mapping endeavour in the world, targeting total map able area of country ~ 23.25 lakh sq. km and vertical extent of 300 m in alluvial area and 200 m in hard rock area.The extent of aquifer, their potential, resource availability, chemical quality, its sustainable management options will be addressed. She said the programme will facilitate participatory management of ground water to provide long term sustenance for the benefit of farmers. The Minister said currently focus is on ground water stress areas of eight states comprising 5.25 lakh sq.km viz. Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Bundelkhand region. She said aquifer mapping of 1.16 lakh sq.km area is completed and the remaining will be completed by March 2017. Sushri Bharti said aquifer mapping of entire country will be completed by 2022.

Referring to the Arsenic mitigation plan of the Government. The Minister said Arsenic contamination has been detected in isolated pockets of 331 blocks, covering 87 districts in Ten States. She said CGWB has already constructed 274 wells in the affected areas during past years which were handed over to the state Governments, free of cost for safe water supply. This has benefited 30 lakh population. The Minister informed that this year CGWB has initiated a focused Arsenic mitigation work in the selected areas of U.P, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal through construction of specially designed wells for potable water benefitting eight lakh population.

62 wells are being constructed in Arsenic affected Bairia block of Balia district and Karanda block of Ghazipur District of U.P, tapping deep aquifers. Similarly, 147 wells will be constructed in Brahmapur block of Buxar district (Bihar), Sahebganj, Rajmahal and Udhwa block of Sahebganj district (Jharkhand) and in Pandua block of Hugli district, (West Bengal).

Referring to the importance of the palaeochannels which serve as a good repository of ground water as well as suitable areas for artificial recharge and ground water storage, the Minister said in the year 2015, CGWB initiated site specific studies on palaeochannels in parts of Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh States under the ongoing National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) in association with BARC and NEERI. The studies has proved the existence of palaeochannels in the Western and Northwestern parts of India. The Minister said the extent of palaeochannels, availability of fresh ground water resource in these palaeochannels and their potential to hold recharged water have been estimated. Sushri Bharti said a national Level Expert Committee is being constituted involving the eminent researchers to review the available information on Palaeochannel / River Saraswati under the Chairmanship of Prof Waldia, a Padma Bhushan awardee.
Exclusion of Wrestling from Olympics
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) had in its meeting in February 2013 recommended 25 core sports for 2020 Olympic Games. EB had further recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), be not included in the said list of core sports. However, at 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held in September 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the sport of wrestling was chosen as an additional sport for the Summer Olympic Games of 2020 and 2024. So, wrestling is included in the list of sports disciplines for Olympic Games.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Following the IOC decision in February 2013 to drop wrestling, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports had taken up the matter with them requesting them to reconsider the decision of its Executive Board (EB) and to retain wrestling in the category of core sports for Olympic Games.
Financial Assistance to IOA & SOA
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides grants to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for expenditure incurred on air passage, accommodation, ceremonial kit, playing kit, etc. towards participation of the Indian contingent in International multi-sports events such as Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games etc. The Ministry does not provide funds directly to State Olympic Associations. Details of funds provided by the Ministry to IOA during the last three years and the current years are as following:
Financial Year
Grant released

(amount in Rupees)
2015-16 (till 24-02-2016)
While releasing the grants, it is clearly mentioned to IOA that grants are to be utilized for the purpose for which they are being sanctioned and in accordance with the provisions of the General Financial Rules and other extant instructions of the Government. 2nd installment of grant is released only after submission of audited statement of Accounts, certified by a chartered accountant and utilization certificates.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, the Ministry reviewed the categorization of sports disciplines on 23rd March 2015. A new category of ‘high priority’ has been created while retaining earlier three categories viz. ‘priority’, ‘general’ and ‘others’. In the ‘high priority’ category, the sports disciplines played in the Olympic Games and in which India have won medals in the last conducted Asian Games and Commonwealth Games or in which India has good chance of winning medals in Olympics have been included. At present, nine (9) sports disciplines viz., athletics, archery, badminton, boxing, hockey, shooting, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling have been included. Focused attention and enhanced funding is provided to ‘high category’ disciplines.

Talent Search Scheme
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Scheme under which Rural Sports Competitions are organized at Block, District, State and National levels through the State Governments/Union Territories throughout the country.A team of coaches of concerned sports disciplines along with concerned scientific officers of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports,is deputed to the venue of the National level RGKA rural competitions for identifying talented children/ medal winners for making specific recommendations to SAI Head Office for considering the selected players for induction into SAI promotional schemes for intensive training/coaching subject to availability of seats in the concerned region of SAI.

However, in the meantime, the Government of India decided to restructure and merge centrally sponsored schemes into one Central Sector Scheme to address talent search, grooming of talent and provision of infrastructure.

A programme, namely, Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme is in operation under National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the specific aim of providing support to the athletes who are medal prospects for Olympic, 2016 and young potential athletes for Olympic, 2020 for their customized training and other support.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is implementing the following Sports Promotional Schemes for identification and grooming of sportspersons by providing equipment and facilities :

    • National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)

    • Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)

    • SAI Training Centre (STC)

    • Special Area Games (SAG)

    • Extension Centres of STC/SAG

    • Centre of Excellence (CoX)

    • National Sports Academy (NSA)

Approximately 3700 boys and 1700 girls are undergoing training under the abovementioned Schemes at different SAI training centres.

New SAI Centres
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to establish the following new Centres in the country:-

• SAI Training Centre (STC) at Uday Pratap Inter College at Varanasi

• STC at Vidyadharnagar , Jaipur Rajasthan

• STC at Nagpur

• Special Area Games (SAG) at Dandeli at Karnataka (for Siddi tribes)

• SAG Centre in Kargil, J&K

• SAG Centre at Solal Gaon, North Lakhimpur, Assam

• Regional Centre at Wathora, Nagpur

• 27 new Boys Sports Companies in collaboration with Army, Navy and Indian Air Force

He said, to provide state of the art facilities to sports-persons and to promote sports on single discipline basis, Governing Body of SAI has also approved 13 National Sports Academies in the disciplines of Athletics, Swimming, Cycling, Golf, Boxing, Wrestling, Archery, Shooting, Football, Hockey and Volleyball in collaboration with respective National Sports Federations. SAI has operationalised 05 such Academies in Athletics at Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, Cycling at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi, Swimming at Dr SPMPC, New Delhi and Golf at Thiruvananthapuram.

The training of elite athletes preparing for International competitions is carried out mostly in SAI centres spread throughout the country.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, Presently, 11773 talented sports persons (6626 boys and 5147girls) being trained under the SAI Schemes are provided with the facilities in the form of expert coaches, sports equipment (consumable and non consumable), boarding and lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/ insurance and stipend as per the approved scheme norms.

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