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Baristha Bunkar Sahayata Yojana: Explained

Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2016


The Odisha Government launched a new scheme named “Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana” for those weavers, who have become aged on 7th August, 2016. This scheme was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik. This day (7th August, 2016) was declaring National Handloom Day for our country. This scheme is aimed at providing financial assistance to the weavers in the state. Odisha Government has initiated various welfare schemes for the weaver community in the state and increase the reach of Handloom.


  • Under this scheme all weavers within age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees per month. 
  • Under this scheme all weavers above age of 80 years would get 700 rupees per month. 
  • The pension amounts shall be sent directly to the beneficiaries bank accounts. 
  • Around 8,000 weavers will be benefited by this scheme who has been working in this field for more than 20 years. 

Key Features:

  • Under this scheme all weavers within age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees per month and above age of 80 years would get 700 rupees per month. 
  • As per the government reports, Odisha a home of nearby 1.5lakh weavers including 78% women engaged in Handloom production and they produces Handloom Fabrics worth 160 crore rupees. 
  • Some Handloom products are Berhampuri Pata, Maniabandha, Sambalpuri, Bomkai, tie and dye, Khandua, Saktapar Sari etc. 
  • Odisha Government Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik distributed awards for those who have been working really hard and offering our country with the production of the weaver in Odisha. 
  • This scheme’s main motive is to provide financial assistance to the weavers and also promote the Handloom business at international level. 
  • The Annual Budget of this scheme around 5 crore rupees. 
  • This scheme does nothing to encourage the young weavers of the state. 
  • This scheme could have provided some financial support to young weavers too. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Under this scheme there are mainly two criterions which contenders follow to get the pension. 
  • Those weavers whose age are 60 years and above age of 80years and fulfill above the criteria will get 500 rupees and 700 rupees monthly. 
  • Those weavers who has been working in these fields for more than 20 years service duration in the handloom industries. 

Additional Details:

  • Around annually 5crore rupees for implementing for this scheme. 
  • There will be site specific survey that will lead to review of weavers’ condition. 
  • This scheme will help in bringing out solution for the problems faced by the weavers. 
  • Textile inspectors and field stuff are visited of all the families’ weavers’ individually and know about their requirements to improve the livelihood of the weavers.

Fast Facts

Name of the scheme
Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana
Launched by
Odisha State Government
Launched on
7th August, 2016
Announced by
Chief Minister of Odisha Mr. Naveen Patnaik
Scheme type
Pension scheme
Weavers’ welfare
Pension amount
Above age of 60= Rs. 500
Above age of 80= Rs. 700
No. of weavers’ are benefited
Around 8,000
Rs. 5crore
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