The Department of Handlooms and Textiles is concerned with Handlooms Industry both within Cooperative and outside the cooperative fold,power looms both within cooperative and outsite the cooperative fold and Garmenting industry in the organized and decentralized sector and for setting up of Apparel and Textile Parks in the Garment sector.The Commissioner and Director of Handlooms and Textiles, and Development Commissioner for Apparel Export A.P.,Hyderabd., is entrusted with the responsibility of supervision over the working of Weavers Cooperative Societies (Cotton,Silk & Wool),Apex Societies,Power Looms Societies and Garment Societies, implementation of schemes relating to Handlooms and Power looms in the Cooperative and Decentralized sector and setting up of Apparel and Textile Parks in the Garment´┐Ż sector. The Commissioner and Director of Handlooms and Textiles, and development Commissioner for Apparel Export Parks A.P., Hyderabad is also vested with statutory and regulatory functions under A.P Cooperative societies Act VII of 1964 and A.P. Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act 1995 such as Inspections, Enquiries, Arbitrations, Executions, and Liquidations under. The Commissioner and Director of Handlooms and Textiles and Development Commissioner for Apparel Export Parks A.P., Hyderabad is assisted by Officers of various categories at District and field level. The Commissioner and Director of Handlooms and Textiles and Development Commissioner for Apparel Export Parks A.P., Hyderabad., is the Registrar of Co-operative Societies under the A.P.C.S Act. And also under A.P Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act 1995.

In order to decentralize the administration in the Handlooms and Textiles Department and so as to be nearer to the Industry, the State Government has setup three 3 Regional Offices at Rajahmundry, Ongole, and Tirupati, and these Regional Offices started functioning with effect from 15-6-1992. The RDDs Tirupati, is entrusted with the job of Enforcement and implementation of Handloom (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act 1985.

Apart from the 3 Regional Offices, there are 12 district offices of the Assistant Directors (H&T) in 13 districts,Viz.,Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, East Godavari [Kakinada], West Godavari [Eluru], Krishna [Machilipatnam], Guntur ,Prakasam[Ongole},Nellore,Chittoor,YSR kadapa,Kurnool and Ananthapuramu. There is also one Handloom Weavers Training Centre at Hindupur in Ananthapuramu District under the control of the Department i.e Telugu Cheneta Parisramika Sikshana Kendram (TCPSK) whose prime objective is to impart advance training to handloom Weavers to upgrade their skills Societies to work on improved looms with better designs and to upgrade their Skills.

The Department has also established one Indian Institute of Handloom Technology at Venkatagiri, S.P.S.R.Nellore District on the lines of the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology at Salem in Tamil Nadu, The Institute at Venkatagiri started functioning from 1992 and offering Diploma Course in Handloom Technology with duration of three years period There is one power loom service center under the control of Government of India,established at Nagari in Chittor District whose prime objective is to impart regular training on power looms to weavers for their better earnings. All the Developmental and welfare Schemes are being implemented through the District Offices/ Regional Offices. Each District Office is headed by One Asst. Director (H&T) and each Regional Office is headed by a Deputy Director (H&T) with necessary supporting staff. This is in addition to the technical and other supporting staff employed by the Apex Organisation, i.e., APCO.

The Commissioner and Director of Handlooms and Textiles and Development Commissioner for Apparel Export Parks A.P., Hyderabad, is Head of the Department assisted by one Additional Director, one Joint Director, Two Deputy Directors and Two Asst. Directors (H&T) at Head office.

The Department has also established (18) Apparel and Textile Parks in the State with an objective to generate employment opportunities mostly for women and weaker sections of the society.

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