ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATIONS APEX SOCIETIES OF HANDLOOMS (ACASH)

Being by far the largest decentralized sector in terms of employment after agriculture, with and an estimated 34.86 lakh looms and a source of livelihood to over 12 million persons belonging to the weavers households, Handloom is one of the most vibrant sectors of our economy. The well being of this sector and its growth is, therefore, of paramount importance. What is necessary is a sustained effort in marketing of handloom fabrics, with value additions wherever possible, both within the country and abroad. Demands from Governmental agencies is vast and varied and can sustain a large number of looms on continuous production in different states. It was not possible for the handloom agencies spread out in the different states individually to take up the challenge of organizing production and supplies to the various Governmental agencies. The Government of India therefore, decided to strengthen the handloom organisastions at the central level by forming an Apex body called the Association of Corporations and Apex Societies of Handlooms (ACASH) under the Chairmanship of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms. 

2. ACASH was thus set up as a registered society in June, 1984 under the Registration of Societies Act. The objectives of ACASH are:- 

·To provide a common platform to various handloom development corporations and apex weavers cooperative societies in the country to take up joint ventures and consider issues common to them; 

·To coordinate between the various departmental agencies and to provide information and assistance for the members; 

·To disseminate useful knowledge to the member agencies for marketing of handloom products; 

· To undertake activities including market surveys, research, exhibitions, publicity and publications to promote the handloom sector in India and abroad; 

·To work for legislative and other safeguards for protection of the handloom industry; 

·To help establish linkages with national and international organisations for marketing of handloom products. 

3. ACASH is a nodal agency to arrange supply of Handloom products to the Ministries/Deptts./Agencies of Govt. of India Under Single Tender System (STS) through its members. Details of STS are appended. 

Appendix 

SUPPLY OF HANDLOOM FABRICS TO MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON SINGLE TENDER BASIS THROUGH ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATIONS AND APEX SOCIETIES OF HANDLOOMS (ACASH) 

PROVISIONS UNDER SINGLE TENDER SYSTEM (STS)

1. Purchase of handloom goods for use by Central Govt. Ministries/Departments/ Agencies will be limited only to the handloom units notified by the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Government of India, Ministry of Textiles. Purchase of handloom goods by Central Govt. Ministries/Departments /Agencies from private sources is not permitted. 

2. The Association of Corporations and Apex Societies of Handlooms (ACASH), Handloom Pavilion, Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110 001 will act as the nodal agency for the supply of handloom goods to be purchased by Central Government Departments /Agencies, whether directly or through the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals, on Single Tender System basis. The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D)/Department of Supply and other purchasing Departments/ Agencies of Central Government shall place indents regarding their requirement of handloom items with ACASH. Indenting procedures for these purchases through Single Tender System will be communicated separately. 

3. All Handloom Textile items being purchased /to be purchased by Central Government Ministries/Departments/Agencies shall be indented/procured only on handloom specifications fixed by Bureau of Indian Standards. A copy of specifications is enclosed in Annexure. 

4. The provisional prices of handloom items to be supplied by ACASH on Single Tender System shall be calculated by ACASH and fixed by the Ministry of Textiles by associating a representative of the Chief Cost Accounts Officer, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. However, if the indenting Ministries/Organisations and ACASH are so agreed, firm and final prices can be quoted by ACASH. 

5. Textile items at present specified for procurement from the Khadi Sector, to the extent to their availability with the Khadi Village Industries Commission shall continue to be procured from KVIC. Barrack Blankets shall be procured through ACASH to the extent they can be supplied by the notified units. Balance quantities of this item may be procured from agencies other than ACASH provided they are produced on handlooms only. 

6. Though the existing procedure of inspection shall continue, DGSD etc., may avail the services of experts to be nominated by Development Commissioner for Handlooms for assisting the inspection teams in the inspection of handloom goods. 

7. A Committee comprising representatives of Ministries of Defence, Supply, Industry and Finance with Development Commissioner for Handlooms as the Convenor shall be set up for periodical review of the progress of this scheme and for resolving difficulties that may arise in its implementation. 

ANNEXURE 

LIST OF ITEMS NOTIFIED FOR PURCHASES FROM HANDLOOM SECTOR 

TITLEIS. Specifications

COTTON-HANDLOOMS

Angavastram7216-1974

Bandage cloth863-1969

Bed durries1450-1991

Bed sheets745-1990

Blankets, grey or coloured746-1955

Bleeding Madras, loom state1937-1961

Bukram cloth                                                                   1102-1968

Bunting cloth, dyed747-1982

Calico, bleached or dyed1241-1958

Cambric, bleached1098-1957

Cellular Shirting, handloom cotton1101-1981

Cloth for plaster of paris bandages and cut bandages6237-1971

Coating, handloom cotton1243-1981

Colour fastness of handloom cotton textiles, requirements6906-1982

Crepe1100-1978

Dhoties                         748-1974

Dosuti Grey, Scoured, bleached or dyed756-1984

Dress material, bleached dyed printed

Striped or checked1095-1991

Drills1451-1979

Dungri cloth749-1978

Dusters859-1978

Floor durries                                                       1450-1972

Gada cloth1094-1976

Gauze,absorbent,non-sterilized,handloom cotton758-1975

Handkerchiefs1939-1975

Holland cloth, unscoured1096-1957

Honeycomb towels and towelling cloth854-1991

Huckaback towels854-1991

Jaconet cloth, grey, dressed861-1982

Light Sheeting, grey                                                          864-1956

Lining cloth, dyed1099-1957

Lint, absorbent, bleached757-1971

Long cloth, bleached or dyed1244-1958

Lungies750-1976

Madras Check1247-1958

Madras handkerchiefs, Handloom cotton1093-1981

Malmal, bleached755-1984

Mazri cloth (loom state)                     751-1984
Mix saris8039-1976

Mootus, striped or checked1814-1961

Mosquito netting1097-1979

Muslin, bleached752-1984

Nainsook, bleached, or dyed1240-1958

Napkins, bleached,striped, checked or dyed857-1956

Poplin, bleached or dyed1556-1960

Pugri cloth, bleached or dyed                              753-1983

Pyjama cloth, grey, with stripes1245-1958

Saris748-1990

School Uniform fabric8797-1978

Shirting1242-1975

Sponge cloth, grey, striped and checked860-1956

Table cloth and napkins, handloom cotton858-1981

Ticking cloth, grey, striped862-1956

Turkish towels and towelling cloth, handloom cotton854-1981

Twills  1579-1979

SILK - HANDLOOM

BushShirt cloth, Loom state1686-1960

Dhotis, Loom state1583-1960

Kora (loom state)cloth1687-1960

Shirting, loom state1584-1960

WOOL - HANDLOOMS

Blanketing cloth                                        895-1991

Blanket,scarlet2901-1964

Blankets, natural grey, brown892-1980

Blankets, ordinary, plain or check893-1957

Blankets, shoddy (double faced)2157-1962

Blankets, shoddy (single faced)2481-1963

Blankets, brick red894-1980

Bunting cloth, worsted, heavy899-1957

Bunting cloth, worsted, light890-1957

Cloth, collar, white2715-1964

Kamblies, loomstate896-1957

Lohis worsted1268-1958

Melton (shoddy) cloth2173-1962

Serge1266-1958

Shirting, worsted891-1957

Pile Fabrics                                                                        2714-1964

The following items shall be procured on the basis of samples approved by Purchase/mutually agreed specification.

1.Khes

2.Bed cover

3.Counter pane

4.Furnishing

5.Chaddar

6.Durrets/Jamakkalam

7.Bastha cloth

8.                Lowreed pick cloth

9.Silk sarees

10.Shawls, Mufflers, Pankhies

11.Woolen tweeds


 

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