State committed to weavers' welfare, says Textiles Minister
Observing that bogus cooperative societies were the major problem with regard to the weavers' welfare, Minster for Handlooms and Textiles, Small Industries, and Khadi and Village Industries P. Sankara Rao on Wednesday urged members of bogus societies to pave the way for genuine weavers to get benefited from welfare schemes.
“We are giving one last chance to the bogus societies to wind up voluntarily. Otherwise, we will take stringent action against them,” he said while addressing a review meeting with officials of the departments that come under his ministry and the weavers from various parts of the district. Mr. Sankara Rao said that efforts were on to ensure work contracts to the APCO from various government departments, and so far Rajiv Vidya Mission placed an order for school uniforms. The Minister said that he was trying to infuse confidence among the weavers by visiting all the districts and it was as part of his effort to prevent suicide of weavers in the State.
He said that the a sum of Rs. 118 crore was already released by the government towards waiver of loans given to the weavers and the release of another Rs. 200 crore was in the pipeline. He said the thrift scheme was revived recently and the subsidy on yard had been increased to 20 per cent from the existing 10.
By referring to the names of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi time and again, Mr. Sankara Rao turned the review meeting into a political meeting and called upon the weavers to be thankful to Ms. Sonia Gandhi and to the Congress. He also showered praises on Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Announcing that the funds for LIDCAP had been increased from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 15 crore, the Minister said “that the funds must reach the Congress vote bank without fail.” Collector M. Ravi Chandra, Superintendent of Police (Administration) S.J. Janardhan, MLAs — N. Sesha Reddy and Vanga Geetha — and General Manager of DIC G. Rajendra Prasad were present at the meeting.