Talking about indirect taxes, the Finance Minister said that there will not be any changes on the excise duty on non-agricultural products.
The western Rajasthan state’s Kota district is famous for the centuries old Kota Doria sarees. The cluster is losing its charisma because of poor infrastructure and very little recognition. But timely intervention by central governmental agencies could save this old legacy of that state.
Unstable cotton and cotton yarn prices and lower export demand are forcing India’s small weavers to shut shop, and in some cases, burdened by debt, take the extreme step. Alarmed by developments, the powerloom sector wants the government to waive loans and dole out cash incentives to small weavers, according to a trade body.
Defective policy, poor infrastructure, neglect and competition from multinationals have taken a toll on the communities of traditional weavers in the country, a BJP functionary and an official of the weavers' cell of the party says.
Money sanctioned by the government ends up with cooperative societies. The weaver makes less than Rs 200 a day.