Visitor No. 240227
Progress Report 2007-2008and Action Plan 2008-2009
Name of the Cluster: Varanasi 
IMPLEMENTING AGENCY: EDI, AHMEDABAD   
PROGRESS REPORT [2007-08] & ACTION PLAN [2008-09]
Financial Utilization [07-08]
Amount Sanctioned: Rs 69.10 Lakhs
Amount Utilized:Rs 56.45 Lakhs
Percentage Utilisation 81.70%
2007-08
Sr No 
Physical Activity
Physical
Target [Frquency / No:]
Financial Target
[Rs. In lakhs]
Physical
Achievement
[2007-08]
Financial Achievements [2007-08]
Remarks 
1.1 Business meet with national buyers for 2-3 days at Varanasi
2
2.00
2
2.00
1. Organized at Varanasi & Delhi with Kotex, Fab India and Pantaloon, Participated in ITPO Exhibition, New Delhi. Total Sales = Rs. 30 Lakhs.
1.2 Organizing Exhibitions
3
6.00
4
6
1. Organized at Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Jodhpur, Mumbai, 15 handloom weavers participated
2. Total Sales = Rs. 24 lakh
1.3 Product Catalouge - Publicity Material
1
2.00
1
2.00
1. Upgradation of IInd volume of Catalogue completed,
2. Publicity Agency SILP, Noida, Delhi preparing soft catalogue of Varanasi products & a documentary Film on Cluster 
3. Dissemination of newly developed designs to Buyers, Potential clients thru’ exhibitions, BSM. 
1.4 Market Study 
1
1.00
1
1.00
Market study awarded to Fourth Vision, Ahmedabad, Report Completed 
2 Design and Product Development
 
2.1 Engagement of Designer
1
5.00
1
2.40
1. NID Designer -Samira Awasthi  engaged as designer & has made 25 days of field visit to the cluster in the year 07-08.
2.2 Development of new and diversified products appropriate for the national and international markets 
2
8.00
25
5.00
1. About 25 designs have been developed by the designer. 30 New Designs developed in association with Weavers Service Centre, Varanasi.
2. Revolving fund been used for product development.
3. 15 designs has been adopted by the weavers & Rs. 23 lakh of order from Fab India received. 
3 TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
 
3.1 Dyeing workshop in the cluster 
2
3.00
2
3.00
1. Two Five Day Orientation programme in association of Digitex Color match, Selam.
2. Dyers from the cluster area benefited by the dissemination of appropriate technology in the field of color fastness, cost reduction, temperature maintenance. More such workshop with Dyers being proposed since dyeing related problems brings down the brand image of Varanasi products. 
3.2 Training of dyers at WSC or with dyeing companies/ outside the cluster for a week [Rs 1.00 lakhs] 
4
0.60
3
0.45
1. Conducted 3 Dyers workshop with 10 Dyers each (1 at Lohata & 2 in WSC).
2. Dyers from the cluster area benefited by the dissemination of appropriate technology in the field of color fastness, cost reduction, temperature maintenance.
3. Dyers being acquainted with fast colour dyeing technique.
4 CFC & Dye House at Kotwa & Ramnagar 
 
4.1 Construction/renting/leasing of a building of 3,000 sq ft in Kotwa and Ramnagar - CFC 
1
19.00
1
15.00
1. Land allotted by Gram Panchayat, Tender meeting held on 28th March, 08,
2. Work order issued. Awarded work to construction firm - Maruti Infrastructure, Varanasi
3. Construction Work will be completed by June, 08   4. Machinery purchase order furnished to the firm.
4.2 Common dyeing house with 5 kg yarn per lot capacity at Ramnagar,  Lohata, Kotwa
3
10.80
2
8.00
1. Two Dye House upgraded in Ramnagar & Lohata. Work on third Dye house going on.
2. The upgraded dye houses has started benefiting cluster area by providing quality dyeing inputs to the cluster. Reasonable user charges be levied.   
 
4.3 Engagement of a professional for managing the centre – Technical Resource person 
1
1.20
1
1.20
1. One professional hired as Technical Person.
2. Technical Person supervising physical infrastructure units being developed under IHCDP. His Presence will add day to day technical value to the ongoing actions. 
5 Institutional Development/ Strengthening
 
5.1 Formation of weaver groups in Kotwa, Lohta and Ramnagar [SHGs] 
50
1.50
53
1.50
1. Total 50 SHG has been formed covering 620 weavers with 6 SHGs linked to banks. Rs. 14 lakh credit facilitated with local nationalized banks.
2. All SHG will be shareholders to the BHVS Producers Company Ltd.  
5.2 Formation of Marketing Platform /producer company for Kotwa, Lohta and Ramnagar 
1
1.5
1
1.50
1. Registration of Producers' Company in the name of Banaras Hathkargha Vikas Samiti Producers Company Ltd. Incorporated on 7th January 08,
2. Board of Directors Meeting held on 29th December 07 & 13-15 March 08 regarding formalization of share holdings, election procedures.
3. Membership [Coverage] - 53 SHGs and the 18 PWCS. [1500 members].
Support to the Producers' Company in the form of payment of part salary to the CEO @ Rs 10,000 per month [60:40] 60% Company 40% O/o DC.
5.3 Capacity building of office bearers and members of the groups on costing, management and quality control
4
1.00
4
1.00
1. Vision Building workshops for Board Directors of the producers company held from 13-15 March 08.
2. Additionally six managerial training programme for the Cooperatives members/SHG member/Master weavers held. Additional management Support to be provided.   

6 Financial Linkages
 
6.1 Organizing banker's meet 
4
1.00
4
1.00
1. Bankers meet at WSC & District Collectorate held on 18th July & 24th Sept 07, regional level meeting between NABARD officials & Board members of BHVS Producers Company Ltd., Meeting with SIDBI officials at Varanasi
2. Weavers covered under SHG fold familiarized with Banking procedures & business plan preparations under different schemes.
6.2 Facilitation of credit linkages with financial institutions
5
0.25
10
0.25
SHG Credit facilitation in tune of Rs. 14 lakh achieved. More such credit linkage meetings to be organized with Banks.   
7 Corpus for Yarn
1
5.00
1
5.00
1. About 15 lakhs of yarn has been dispersed thru' NHDC/yarn corpus 
2. 450 handloom weavers have been benefited   
8 Monitoring/
 
8.1 CDCC Meeting 
5
0.25
2
0.15
Two meetings conducted. More such meetings proposed since a good platform for convergence & suggestions along with support from state Government.
  GRAND TOTAL 
69.10
56.45