Micro ATMs To Be Set Up To Help Weavers, Artisans Access Cash More Easily
Micro ATMs To Be Set Up To Help Weavers, Artisans Access Cash More EasilyIndian residents queue to deposit money in a Cash Deposit Kiosk in Siliguri. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a meeting chaired by Union textiles minister Smriti Irani with bank officials, a decision was taken for banks to arrange micro ATMs at handloom-handicrafts clusters so that weavers and artisans are not troubled and can withdraw cash to buy raw materials through the Aadhaar-enabled payment system.

A textile ministry official said,

The measure (dispensing cash) was taken to ensure weavers-artisans do not face difficulty in acquiring raw materials to continue handloom/handicrafts activity.

The micro ATMs will be mobilised by local bank officers in consultation with officials of weavers service and marketing service extension centres, which will sensitise weavers and artisans about their location through text messages on the phone.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber