Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that his government would come up with a comprehensive policy to end the misery of the weavers’ community in the State. Holding a high-level meeting which was also attended by the representatives of the hand-loom and power-loom sectors at Pragathi Bhavan, he expressed his concern and anguish over the pathetic situation in both the hand-loom and power-loom sectors in the State.
The Chief Minister announced a three pronged strategy for the development of the Padmashali community. He said as a first step, financial assistance would be provided to those weaving general cloth. Subsidy will be given on yarn and chemicals and the government will purchase the cloth weaved by them. A policy will be framed for marketing the special and exclusive sarees woven in Narayanpet, Gadwal, and Pochampally as these sarees have international market.
He said the government will arrange for funds for the development of the powerloom sector. Uniforms for the school children, blankets and cloth requirement of the government hostels will be procured from the weavers in Telangana. This step will ensure adequate work for the handloom and power loom sectors in the State.
He said the government’s aim is to ensure that the power loom workers get a salary of Rs 15,000 per month and that thrift scheme be introduced for them so that they can get financial assistance during emergencies. He asked power loom weavers to upgrade their looms for higher production.