Handloom dept violates govt order, gives uniform purchase contract to outside state

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Srinagar: Despite clear directions from the government to Handloom department to make uniforms from Power Loom Corporation, the State’s Handloom department has violated the order by giving Rupees 5 crore contract of SSA uniform to outside state. 

This decision has repercussions on power looms of they will not be in a position to manufacture uniforms.

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“As per government order No: 1456-GAD of 1983, issued by the General Administration Department, vide No: GD/(Adm)55/83-Ind, dated 20-09-1983 all the government departments are required to make the purchase of all types of textile items only from the J&K State Handloom Development Corporation Limited (J&KSHDC).”

The order says that all government departments are impressed upon to make purchase of the textile requirements in their departments from the state handloom development corporation only on the prices/rates fixed by the High Powered Committee in its meeting held on 08-05-2015 and ensure compliance of the aforementioned Government orders.

Every year government’s education department asks the Handloom Corporation to purchase uniforms for its students.

Officials in the Handloom Corporation say that these uniforms have to be manufactured by power looms in the state to strengthen the local economy and loom owners of the state.

However, the officials said, that Handloom Corporation gave the contract to an outside state manufacturer to make uniforms, which is violative of the government order. (KNS)