30% family members of weavers don't go to school: Irani in LS
At least 30 per cent family members of weavers do not go to school and just one per cent of them complete graduation, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said on Thursday.
Irani said in Lok Sabha that the Centre had recently conducted a study which found that at least 30 per cent family members of weavers in the country do not go to any school and only one per cent of them studied and completed graduation.
She said during Question Hour that the government has taken a number of steps for the welfare of weavers as well as their family members.
The Minister said the Development Commissioner for Handlooms under Ministry of Textiles has entered into two separate MoUs with the IGNOU and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) on August 7, 2016 for providing education to handloom weavers and their children through open schooling and distance learning.
"IGNOU offers continuing education programmes and NIOS offers secondary and senior secondary level education. The MoUs further provide for exploring new courses especially relevant to the aspirations of handloom weavers for career progression," she said.
The Minister said all the willing handloom weavers and their children who fulfill the eligibility conditions of these institutions can avail the learning opportunities.