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29-September-2016

The textile ministry plans to increase the insurance cover for handloom weavers, a sector that is on the government radar for occupation creation, more than three-fold in some cases. The Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana provides insurance to handloom weavers in the case of natural and accidental death and total and partial disability.

The ministry has proposed increasing the cover for accidental death from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. In case of natural death, benefit may be raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 60,000 now.

“The ministry is working to increase the insurance cover for weavers in the handloom sector. It will encourage more weavers to get covered in the insurance net,” an official from the textile ministry said.

The government released Rs 16.67 crore under the scheme in 2015-16 compared with Rs 16.39 crore in 2014-15, when 5.74 lakh weavers were enrolled. The benefit is restricted to two children of the member.

“It is a good move to increase protection for weavers as this is the only scheme in which the benefits directly get accrued to them,” DK Nair, textile expert said.

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