Staff Reporter

ERODE: The Powerloom Service Centre, Erode, has initiated steps to bring in more powerloom weavers and employees under the Government of India's insurance cover.

At present, only 5,000 of the estimated one lakh powerloom employees and 4,000 weavers have been brought under the insurance cover. "Through the Regional Office of the Textile Commissioner, Coimbatore, we have initiated efforts to create awareness about the insurance cover and rope in more persons," said M. Vijaya Singh, Assistant Director of the Centre.

Under the scheme, the weaver is supposed to pay Rs. 200 annual premium. He, however, pays only Rs. 40, and the rest is divided between the Central Government and Life Insurance Corporation who contribute Rs. 60 and Rs. 100 respectively.

The cover comes to the rescue with Rs. 30,000 when a worker or powerloom weaver dies, and Rs. 75,000 when the death happens in an accident. Further, if the insured has a son or daughter studying between Class IX and Class XII, he gets Rs. 1,200 towards scholarship annually.

Mr. Singh said with support from D. Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Director, they have written to various people highlighting the benefits of the scheme.