Details about Odisha Baristha Bunkar Sahayata Yojana

Odisha Baristha Bunkar Sahayata Yojana

Odisha New Pension Scheme launched by Government Pension for Bunkars (Elderly Weavers).

One of the oldest professions in our country, Weaving is still adopted by many in the villages. Earlier, the whole process was manual by hand work, and now machines have replaced it. But still, in villages, many experienced weavers don’t use machines of any sort.

On 7th August 2016 at the eve of National Hand-looms day, the Government of Odisha launched a scheme namely “Baristha Bunkar Sahayata Yojana”. The project’s aim is to provide Pension to aged weavers in the state.

By seeing the current scenario financial condition of weavers living in villages of our country is not okay. They lack resources and funding. A large number of weavers or Bunkars in our country belongs to Odisha. The state government has now launched this scheme to provide financial aid to the old weavers of the state. As per this scheme, the government will give pension to weavers of age more than 60 years.

Key Points of Odisha Weaver Pension Scheme

  • The scheme is valid for the old age weavers of Odisha (60 years of age or more than that)
  • As per this scheme, a monthly pension will be given.
  • Around 8000 weavers will be benefited by this Yojana.
  • Transfer of the premium amount will be made directly to the bank accounts of eligible weavers.
    Pension Amount
  • For workers above 60 years – Rs. 500 per month
    For workers above 80 years – Rs. 700 per month

As per a survey report, there are about 1.5 Lakh weavers till date in Odisha. Out of which, many women are also engaged with men in the handloom products manufacturing. So, it can prove to be a good step forward by the government, but there are some of the shortcomings too under this scheme.

Video of the Launch Event in Odia Language

Here is the Launch event video where you can know all the benefits and shortcomes–


There is no doubt regarding the importance of this scheme. It is a good step ahead but not meant for all. As you know, only elderly Bunkars (weavers) are going to be benefited. And, if you see in another way, you will notice that this Yojana does nothing to promote the Weaver industry in the entire state because the future of weaving industry in Odisha state lies in the hand of young weavers present there. It would have been great if this scheme could have provided some financial help to young weavers also.

Conclusion – Apart from all, this Weaver Pension Project is sustainable to help the seniors (Ageing 60+). But, does nothing to encourage the young weavers of the state. We hope that the government will understand that the future lies in the hands of youth and introduce some scheme for them too.

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