Weavers Were Left In Lurch: Laments Gudur
Bharatiya Janata Party state senior leader Gudur Narayana Reddy on Wednesday lamented that the weavers community was left in lurch in the state
Hyderabad, March 31 (Maxim News): Bharatiya Janata Party state senior leader Gudur Narayana Reddy on Wednesday lamented that the weavers community was left in lurch in the state and demanded the state government to form a taskforce to address their issues on war footing.
In a statement he said that there were no allocations in the budget of the state government for FY 2021-22 for their welfare and progress. With no support from the government, the weavers were eking out their lives with great difficulty.
He said that Rs 338 crores being earmarked for the welfare of the handloom sector in FY 2021-22 was not at all enough.
He said that there were no allocations for the schemes meant for the weavers like Integrated Handloom Development, Telangana Handloom Weavers Thrift Fund, Integrated Skill Development, Chenetha Mithra, Marketing Support, Credit Support, Pavala Vaddi and others.
He said while the state government has allocated Rs 3000 crores for the shepherds for providing them with the sheep, just 10 per cent of that amount has been earmarked for the weavers. Narayana Reddy said that the weavers were not provided with subsidies and tariff cuts.
He said that many weavers were deprived of 40 per cent subsidy, no health scheme was being implemented for them, cloth from the weavers not being purchased by TSCO properly, and Batukamma saries orders were not given to weavers evenly.
He alleged most of the Bathukamma saries orders were given to Siricilla weavers.
He said that elections were not held to the Weavers Cooperatives for the past four years.
The TSCO was not remitting the amounts to the weavers from whom it has purchased cloth.
He said that raw material and machines were not supplied to the weavers on subsidized prices.
He demanded the state government to hold a meeting with the elders of the weaver community and discuss the issues being faced by the weavers. He criticised that though the TRS has spoken much about the plights of the weavers in the past and did nothing for their welfare after coming to power.