The Tamil Nadu Government has allotted Rs 210 crore for providing ‘Green Houses’ to handloom weavers during this year, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles S. Sundararaj said.
Addressing a gathering after distributing credit cards to the weavers at Emaneswaram at Paramakudi on Sunday, he said contrary to Rs 118 crore subsidy provided by the previous DMK regime for weavers for a period of three years, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has announced a subsidy of Rs 168 crore for this year alone. He said there were more than 12,500 weavers in the Paramakudi zone, consisting of eight handloom cooperative societies-six in Ramanathapuram district and two in Sivaganga district. The weavers produced saris worth Rs. 265 lakh on an average in a month and sell them for Rs 320 lakh.