Rs. 90-crore pilot project to be taken up for the purpose

Union Minister of Textiles Kavuri Sambasiva Rao on Tuesday announced several sops to the distressed power loom weavers of Sircilla to ensure production of value-added fabric, good profit and employment throughout the year.

The Union Minister was in Sircilla on Tuesday to inaugurate the implementation of a pilot scheme envisaging in-situ upgrade of regular power looms, a Rs. 90-crore project. He also launched a corpus of Rs.1 crore for setting up a yarn bank in the textile town.

The Minister visited the Textile Park and interacted with the entrepreneurs. Later, he visited the Baddam Yellareddy Nagar locality and inspected the functioning of power looms and interacted with the weavers.

Later, addressing the weavers at Padmanayaka Kalyana Mandapam, Mr. Rao called upon the weavers to upgrade their power looms with modern attachments to produce value-added fabric to compete in the global market.

Announcing the sanctioning of a power loom training centre at a cost of Rs.8 crore in Sircilla., he said that the centre would impart training to weavers in power loom designs, warping, sizing, dyeing and other skills.

He also promised that a mega dyeing unit would be sanctioned for Sircilla soon for the benefit of weavers, if the district administration allocates land for the project.

Health insurance

Averring that that he would strive to change the face of Sircilla town by increasing income of the weavers by providing them employment by upgrading their skills and modernisation of looms, Mr. Rao promised that all the power loom weavers of Sircilla would be covered under the Arogya Bima, a health insurance scheme.

He also promised to ensure that the Union government announce a mega power loom cluster in Sircilla at a cost of Rs.75 crore by discussing in the Cabinet.