Special Correspondent

'It must address risk factors such as damage to yarn and looms'

HYDERABAD: Weavers at a meeting convened by Dastakar Andhra, a voluntary organisation involved in research and consultancy for the handloom industry, here on Monday opined that the Government should pay insurance premium for weavers.

Members and leaders of weavers' organisations from Mori, Pasarlapudi, Pulagurtha (in East Godavari district), Pondur (Srikakulam) and some coastal areas attended the meet on "Managing disaster: Insurance for handloom weavers". Commissioner of Handlooms and Textiles T. Satyanarayana presided.

Speakers said that making weavers pay the premium would be a burden, as a majority of them were working for less wage due to crisis in the sector. If the Government were to provide assistance and supply inputs, weavers could pay the premium. They wanted coverage for damage to yarn and looms because of water seepage as also loss of mandays due to calamities.

Policy initiative

Mr. Satyanarayana offered to conduct a pilot study on the possibility of putting up a raised platform to save looms from flooding. He suggested discussions with representatives of weavers' cooperatives for a policy initiative incorporating different risks for insurance cover. He feared a danger of the premium going up if a comprehensive policy covered different risks.