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Weavers want work on textile park speeded up

By Our Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR, JAN. 6. The Union Ministry of Textiles Director, Roul, has assured Sircilla powerloom weavers of prevailing upon the State Government to complete the textile park at the earliest by providing all subsidies to investors who are desirous to open their units in the park.

Mr. Roul has inspected the park and powerloom service centre in it. He interacted with powerloom weavers and the business community of Sircilla. The weavers have explained their plight due to crisis in the powerloom sector and stressed the need for modernisation of looms by providing subsidies.

Expressing concern over the progress of the park at a snail's pace, the weavers have urged the director to ensure early its completion to produce value added fabric and meet the new challenges in the open global market.

Power tariff

They have stated that investors purchased plots numbering 198, but are reluctant to launch their units due to high power tariff and no subsidies from the Government.

They urged the Government to provide power tariff at the rate of Re. 1 per unit on par with the neighbouring Maharashtra and also provide a capital subsidy of 40 per cent to ground units at the earliest and provide employment to local weavers.

Later, he has interacted with members of Adarsha and Kothapalli handloom weavers' cooperative societies and also with farmers at the marketyard and Cotton Corporation of India. They have urged the Government to provide provident fund to them as well as health insurance scheme. They have also urged the official to provide old age pension to all weavers and increase the amount from the existing Rs. 75 per month to Rs. 500.

Panel on problems

At the marketyard, the official suggested the authorities to open farmers' information centre and also upgrade the facilities to farmers by constructing new platforms to store their produce. He said that the Central Government constituted a four-member committee to study the problems of weavers and take appropriate measures.

The team was visiting Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. The AD (handlooms and textiles), Janardhan Reddy, the Regional Deputy Director, Masood Ali, and others were present.

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