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Himachal PSUs in Shambles-8

HIMBUNKAR Fails to Weave Fortunes

Raghav Guleria

Of the total 22 corporations in the state, the government has already given indication of extending a helping hand to at least 12 which are making huge losses. The Chief Minister was categorical while stating that none of them would be closed. He has in fact instructed the Chief Secretary to have a quarterly review of all these so that an atmosphere of trust is created improving their fiscal health. Government has already shown its concerns for the State Electricity Board by extending help to it and making budgetary provisions for the state owned transport, HRTC. The government had in the past merged the ones having operational similarities. But experts feel that mere cosmetic repairs would not make any appreciable difference.

Himachal This Week has decided to take up one PSU each week to find out the problem faced and the possible remedy. This week, we have taken HIMBUNKAR, which caters to the needs of the weavers in the state. The principle objective is to keep alive the age old traditional crafts of the state and diversifying them according to the latest market trends.

The Corporation is earning profit every year though it is meager. Also it is extending its valuable support to the member societies which are 292 including one state government’s share. The Corporation has failed to have an elected body since the last 29 years. This year, the elections have been announced and soon an elected body emerging out of the weavers would be put in place. Such a body, experts feel would better cater to the issues related to weavers. Direct participation of the weavers in decision making body is likely to benefit this Corporation.

The Managing Director who is there for the last three years feels proud for introducing election system in the Corporation. He looked optimist that the new scheme of things is sure to result in touching new milestones.

 PSUs in the Red

(Loss in crores)

Power Board                           Rs 1407

HRTC                                      Rs 653

HPMC                                     Rs 70

Forest Corporation                   Rs 35

Milk Fed                                 Rs 21

Hatkarga                                Rs 20

Agro Industries                       Rs 20

HPTDC                                    Rs 17

What is it Doing?

The H.P State Handloom & Handicrafts Weavers Apex Co-operative Society Ltd. (HIMBUNKAR) came into being in the year 1984. The main objective of this organization is to provide a forum to artisans of Handicrafts & Handloom primary co-operative societies in the state. HIMBUNKAR also aims at keeping the traditions in line with the latest market trends. At present 292 primary co-operative societies organized by the artisans, crafts persons and weavers spread all across the state, mostly situated in rural areas, are its members. Many of these primary societies are organized and managed purely by women. The field of handloom and handicrafts in Himachal Pradesh is quite vast. The constituent societies of HIMBUNKAR are engaged in manufacturing ladies and gents shawls (woollen, angora & pashmina), mufflers, stoles, jackets, long cloth, patti, tweeds and elegant ready-to-wear garments,  classic Tibetan carpets, leather sandals  and shoes with typical embroidery  on velvet, chamba handkerchiefs,  jute items, pottery, woodcrafts, metal crafts and ornaments in  traditional designs.

Keeping Alive Tradition

Himachal is famous for its weaving and handicrafts traditions. The exquisite handicrafts of the state are expression of the rich creativity that translates the dreams of its people into precious works of art. With a purpose to provide a state level forum to artisans of handicrafts and handloom weavers co-operative societies of Himachal Pradesh The H.P. State Handloom & Handicrafts Weavers Apex Co-operative Society Ltd. ‘HIMBUNKAR’ came in to being in the year 1984. HIMBUNKAR aims at keeping alive the age old traditional crafts of the state and diversifying them according to the latest market trends.

Objectives of HIMBUNKAR

The main objectives of HIMBUNKAR

1.  To purchase & stock raw material, tools & appliances connected with handloom and handicrafts industry, primarily for use in its own business and for supply primarily to its members.

2.  To arrange for the establishment of depots for the sale of handloom & handicrafts products belonging primarily to Apex Society and its members.

3.  To arrange for dyeing, sizing, callendering and finishing of handloom products.

4.  To undertake production of handloom & handicrafts goods on its own account or from members.

5.  To carry out publicity & propaganda in respect of handloom & handicrafts industry by publication of suitable literature, arrangement of demonstration, organization of conferences for weavers, participation in exhibitions & otherwise.

6.         To collect commercial information regarding handloom & handicrafts industry, particularly relating to market conditions, adoption of new designs and improvements in techniques of production & disseminating such information amongst its members.


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