Olympic medalist Mirabai Chanu’s village to get ‘Mega Handloom Cluster’

Guwahati: Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu’s achievements is bringing hope to the lives of hundreds of women weavers to her native village in Manipur, with the Centre deciding to set up a mega handloom cluster at Nongpok Kakching in Imphal East.

Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and industry, Piyush Goyal on November 20 announced that the mega handloom cluster will be set up at a cost of Rs 30 crore to honour Mirabai’s feat “that has made the country proud”. He also announced that another handloom craft village will be set up at Moirang as a tribute to the Indian National Army fighters, who hoisted the Indian tricolour for the first time on Indian soil in WWII.

Minister Goyal made the announcement after the inauguration of a ‘Thematic Exhibition of Crafts’ which was organised jointly by Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Manipur and Union Ministry of Textiles at City Convention Centre, here in Imphal as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. The union minister also expressed his desire for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of the project.

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