A 40-member team of weavers led by AP Handloom Workers Association State secretary K. Ramesh and district secretary J.N. Seshaiah arrived here on Monday. MLC Cherupalli Seetharamulu formally received the team and addressed them.

Pathetic condition

Mr. Seetharamulu said that the condition of weavers at Naguladinne, which was ravaged by floods, was pathetic even today. Out of 320 families, only 276 families were selected for housing and only 118 houses had been started. None of them were complete yet.

He said that the families had lost properties ranging from Rs.50,000 to Rs.50 lakh. He said that the trade could not be revived unless the authorities came forward to sanction a soft loan of Rs.1 lakh for each family with a subsidy component of Rs.50,000.

Mr. Seetharamulu urged the government to construct a workers' shed, provide raw material at 50 per cent subsidy, provide spares free of cost and waive all types of loans borrowed by weavers earlier.

A memorandum addressed to the government was presented to the District Revenue Officer. Earlier, association members and party workers extended a warm welcome to the team which was on ‘padayatra' for five days covering more than 80 km.