As part of the on-going DST-SEED –TIASN project entitled “Enhancing Livelihood of Handloom Weavers through Technology Upgradation and Training in Samathur” Dr.B.Poongodi, Co – Principal Investigator along with Dr.G.Ramkrishnan, Principal Investigator, Dr.C.Velmurugan, co-PI, Mr.Mohammed Zakriah, JRF and the core team of handloom weavers from Samathur visited the cooperative handloom weavers’ societies at Sirumugai. This local visit was arranged on March 22, 2018 to create awareness about Government schemes available to Samathur weaving community. The weavers in the core team visited Vellikuppampalayam SriSakthi Vinayagar Cotton Com Silk Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Limited and Sirumugai Pudur Sri Ramalinga Sowdambigai Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society. The visit exposed the weavers of the core team about the various government schemes in operation. The gratuity, personal loan and insurance schemes available for the members of the cooperative societies. The weavers were also exposed to different types of fabrics and dyeing process done by the other weaving clusters and the raw material procurement process.