Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms was set up as an attached non-participating office on 20th November, 1975 under the Ministry of Commerce . At present it is functioning under the Ministry of Textiles. The Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms is headed by an Officer of Joint Secretary level having its Headquarters at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.
1. 25 Weavers’ Service Centres in 20 States are functioning under the administrative control of Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms as Field Units to look after the needs of the handloom weavers like their skill up gradation, design development etc. Five Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology situated in five States are functioning to conduct Diploma in Handloom Technology and Post Diploma in Textile Chemistry to cater to the needs of Textile Sector.
2. Further, Office of Development Commissioner for Handlooms has one Enforcement Office under it, with its regional offices at Chennai and Ahmedabad to protect handloom sector from the clutches of the powerloom sector through the implementation of Handlooms ( Reservation of articles for production) Act, 1985.
3. The Office of the National Handloom Development Corporation, Lucknow is functioning under the Chairmanship of DC(HL) basically to provide input support through procurement and distribution of yarn, Dyes, Chemicals and marketing of handloom fabrics.
Shri Balvinder Kumar