Weavers stage demonstration in front of Collectorate
SALEM: Weavers staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Wednesday protesting against the power holiday implemented by the State Government.
Protesting under the banner of the Salem City Handloom and Powerloom Workers Association, they said that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, through the power holiday, had restrained industrial units, including weaving units, from using power from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Weavers claimed that the power holiday had severely affected the production in the weaving units. The frequent disruptions in the power supply during other days had also affected the productivity. If the situation continued, a large number of people, who depended on the weaving units for their income, would be rendered jobless, they pointed out. They wanted the Government to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the industries. They also demanded the Government to provide a maximum sum of Rs. 5 lakh as loan to the weavers running small units.