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Indian weavers hope new government revives ailing handloom industry

Published: April 17, 2019

STORY: Weavers in India’s northern Gorakhpur city are hoping that the government that comes to power post general elections will help them revive the handloom industry on which their livelihoods depend.
Handloom industry has been in tatters since long as it bears the brunt of technology advancements.
Distressed weavers have been looking at alternatives as the high price, low quality of yarn, decrease in demand and imposition of five per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on yarn has left them with low incomes.
With elections in Gorakhpur scheduled to be held in the seventh and last phase of polling, weavers hope that government takes steps to not let their potential go to waste and get their products sold at good prices in the market.
India is undergoing world’s largest democratic exercise which started from April 11. The votes will be counted on May 23.

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