Ministry of Textiles through office of Development Commissioner for handlooms has conducted 4th All India Handloom Census during 2019-20.  As per the report, 35,22,512 handloom workers are engaged in the country in Handloom Sector .

Skill upgradation is a continuous process. Need-based skill upgradation programmes for handloom workers in technical areas viz. weaving, dyeing, designing etc, were earlier conducted under National Handloom Development Programme(NHDP) and Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme(CHCDS) and now under the ‘Capacity Building in Textile Sector – SAMARTH’ Scheme.

From FY 2015-16 to 2020-21 (till January 2021), 56614 handloom workers have been imparted skill upgradation training under NHDP, CHCDS and SAMARTH.