VIZIANAGARAM: Free power to dhobighats is under active consideration of the State Government M. Anjaiah, Chairman of A.P. Washermen Cooperative Societies' Federation Limited, has said.

Dr. Anjaiah told a press conference here on Saturday that besides free power, the government had decided to construct community halls to provide shelter to washermen during inclement weather.

Insurance cover

He said over 1.74 lakh washermen were provided insurance cover with Rs. 1.04 crores. In Vizianagaram, 10,147 members were covered under the insurance scheme, he said.

Housing in Indiramma villages and pensions on par with weavers would be sanctioned to them, Dr. Anjaiah said, and added that the schemes would be implemented after the by-elections.