Jagatsinghpur, May 30 (LocalWire): Some 400 women handloom weavers of ‘Bayan Gram” model village affected in cyclone Fani still await for government assistance.
Bayan Gram was created last year by the government in collaboration with the handloom weavers of Jaipur to promote their craft.
It is hoped the special craft village would help promote tourism.
However, it is alleged that the district administration has not yet taken any step to restore the village after cyclone Fani had destroyed the looms some three weeks ago.
Bayan Gram is run in a PPT mode by the Department of Handicraft, Textile and Handloom.
It has a display center, sale outlet, refreshment room, food court as well as places for lodging.
So far, no compensation is paid to weavers. The asbestos of the common facility and the demonstration center were damaged in the cyclone.
Bayan Gram weavers produce ‘tasar” and cotton sarees, “lungis”, bed sheets, shawls, dresses, napkins, stoles and “dupattas”, among other products.
But the production units were badly hit in the cyclone. Both textile and revenue departments had conducted surveys but nothing has been done for its restoration and compensation, alleged Manas Prusty, secretary of the Parbati Handloom Cooperative Society Ltd.
Yamini Sarangi, who was the then collector of Jaipur, had played a major role in setting up the craft village with support from the handloom department and the Paradip Port Trust.
DRDA project director Brajagopal Achraya, however, said a damage assessment report would soon be submitted to the concerned department for the restoration work.