Sarvodaya Khadi Workers Union to observe State-level fast

Khadi, the fabric synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi's self reliance ideals, struggles to find its place in the modern world due to lack of patronage.

Protesting against this, the Sarvodaya Khadi Workers Union had resolved to observe a State-level fast in Tirupur on October 2 to highlight their demands for rejuvenation of sector and make khadi preferred by generations to come.

R. Alagudasan, executive member, Sarvodaya Khadi Workers Union, told The Hindu that the government machinery should intensify awareness campaigns to increase the use of khadi products in the society.

He was of the opinion that the authorities concerned should write off the working capital loan outstanding of the entire district-level branches of Tamil Nadu Sarvodaya Sangam, which presently stands at Rs 90 crore, considering the market dullness faced by the khadi producers.

“If the government can waive off the farm loans running into many thousands of crore why cannot they waive the loans in the sector, as khadi products are a sign of patriotism,” he said.

The khadi workers, according to him, will staunchly oppose the moves to sell the immovable properties belonging to Tamil Nadu Sarvodaya Sangham that includes lands and edifices.

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission should not give any permission to sale of properties.

“The value of properties presently held by Tamil Nadu Sarvodaya Sangham has been estimated at Rs 70 crore, even after the selling of many immovable properties in the past,” he said.

Around 500 khadi workers were expected to join in the fast planned for October 2.