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Bail out weavers: Barnala

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, OCT. 16. The Governor, S.S. Barnala, on Saturday expressed concern over suicide by weavers and urged the Government to get to the root of the problem and go to their help.

In a rare departure from his prepared speech, Mr. Barnala and gave vent to his anguish at the weavers' suicide. "Newspapers have never reported the suicide of a middleman, " he said and added it was for the Government to identify the problem and fix it. He was speaking after inaugurating the National Handloom Expo 2004 at the Exhibition Grounds here.

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The Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, K.V. Rao, said Andhra Pradesh was leading in the textile sector in general and handlooms in particular. The State was in the forefront in creating employment in this sector, he said that in a few years, once the five apparel 12 textile parks were set up, it would mean employment to one and half million people. The Secretary, Industries, B. Kripanandam, said the Government was going all out to implement new strategies to showcase the weavers' skills and improving marketing. Sponsored by the Centre and co-sponsored by the State Government, the expo would serve as an interface between people and weavers from all States.

Two years ago, the expo had seen sales of Rs. 4.80 crores. This time they expected a sale of Rs. 9 crores, he said.

The expo will be open till November 17 and entry is free.

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