In a bid to elevate Jharkhand’s economy, Governor CP Radhakrishnan highlighted the immense potential of the state’s prized Tassar silk in both domestic and international markets. Jharkhand, the largest producer of Tassar silk in India, is gearing up for a significant boost with the Central Silk Board and Khadi Board actively promoting this valuable commodity.
Governor Radhakrishnan, in an exclusive interview with PTI, emphasized the need to bolster the state’s rural economy by supporting Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and empowering Self-Help Groups (SHGs). He shared his recent interaction with the Central Silk Board, urging them to focus on creating Tassar silk carpets and market them extensively worldwide.
India stands as the world’s second-largest silk producer, and Jharkhand’s Tassar silk holds a prominent share, contributing around 65% to the nation’s total production. Tassar silk sarees from Jharkhand, marketed under Jharcraft (Jharkhand Silk Textile & Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd.), have already gained recognition in global markets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endorsement of Tassar silk’s significance has further propelled its international standing.
During his US visit in June, PM Modi gifted a hand-woven textured Tassar silk cloth from Jharkhand to US First Lady Jill Biden, enhancing its global appeal. Talks are currently underway with the Khadi Board to promote Tassar carpets, indicating a promising future for this indigenous industry.
Governor Radhakrishnan stressed the necessity of diversifying employment avenues beyond agriculture, advocating the promotion of MSMEs. He cited developed states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat, where robust MSMEs have significantly contributed to economic growth. Seeking collaboration with chambers of commerce can facilitate this transition.
The governor expressed his optimism about empowering rural communities through Self-Help Groups. His interactions during state tours revealed the inspiring stories of self-reliant rural women who have become leaders within SHGs, underscoring the transformative potential of such initiatives.