NEW DELHI, Feb 10: The Union Minster of Textiles Simriti Zubin Irani presented national awards to three silkworm rearers and one reeler of the State for their outstanding performance in pre and post cocoon sectors at a function held here on Saturday under “Surging Silk” accomplishments and way forward at Vigyan Bhawan.
Union Minster of External Affairs Sushma Sawraj was also present on the occasion.The awarded silkworm rearers include Raj Mohammad Gejee of Uri in Baramulla, Rashida Banno of Brariangan, Anantnag, both belonging to Scheduled Caste category and Rattan Lal of Thandapani, Rajouri. While as Maajid Hayat Bawan of Wanbal, Srinager has been awarded as a young entrepreneur under reeling sector.
The three award winning silkworm rears have been honored under the highest productivity category despite belonging to remote and downtrodden areas of the State. Braving the hardships and challenges they have drastically increased their cocoon production during recent years and have created motivation among their fellow villagers for silkworm rearing. Likewise, the role of Bawan has been remarkable in promoting the post cocoon activities and increasing the silk yarn produce through Automatic Reeling Machines (ARM), which bagged him national award.
Simriti Irani while complementing the awardees said that the private players have immensely contributed for increasing the cocoon production and enhancing that has led up scaling silk productions and decreasing its imports. It may be reminded that these awards are given at national level for exemplary role in silkworm rearing, reeling and weaving. The awardees have expressed their gratitude to Sericulture Development Department for extending facilities and incentives for enhancing their capabilities for cocoon and silk yarn production, which could provide a platform for the reciprocation of their outperformance through these awards.
Director Sericulture, Gulzar Ahmad Shabnum who also attended the award ceremony at New Delhi extended greetings to awardees and hoped that they prove inspirational for promoting sericulture in the State. He said that the awardees have brought laurels to the State especially to Sericulture Department and added that they shall be felicitated at a function to be held soon at Srinagar.