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#NationalHandloomDay: Handloom sector important for women empowerment, says PM

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 August 2016, 11:22 IST

Emphasising on the need to give importance to the handloom sector, the Prime Minister today said that strengthening the industry could increase employment opportunities and also lead to women empowerment. On the occasion of second National Handloom Day, he tweeted:

The second 'National Handloom Day' celebrations and presentation of various handloom and Sant Kabir Awards will be held in all states today.

"Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will be the chief guest in the main function which will be held in Varanasi," the ministry said in a statement.

It further said that the National Handloom Day, which was first celebrated in 2015, will be celebrated at state level in all states and in 200 different handloom clusters.

To mark the Swadeshi Movement which began on 7 August 1905 and with the objective to generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry and its contribution to the socioeconomic development, the government on 29 July 2015 declared this day as 'National Handloom Day'.

First published: 7 August 2016, 11:05 IST