Staff Reporter

ERODE: Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam has urged the State Government to immediately form a textile workers’ welfare board.

In a resolution passed during the ‘Jovuli Thozhil Paathuga Maanadu’ (save textile industry conference) here on Wednesday, the regional outfit said the Government must come to the rescue of weavers and textile industry workers, who without any Government support, have been depending solely on their hardwork for survival.

For those forced to take to weaving and other allied work because of poor remuneration from agriculture, the Government has failed to provide loan on agreeable terms as other industries, intervene in raw material availability, establish trade centres and offer other facilities.

To address the issues confronting the textile industry the Government must come forward and announce textile industry as cottage industry and offer 50 per cent of investment as subsidy. It must also relax import tax conditions for import of textile machinery, extend TUF scheme benefit to all imported equipment, form industrial clusters village-wise, provide disruption-free power supply and also construct weavers’ colonies.

The newly-formed party has also asked for reservation for weavers in Samathuvapuram and marketing facilities in textiles cluster like Palladam, Somanur, Tiruchengode, Vijayamangalam and Karur.

Other demands of the organisation include ban on cotton export to meet domestic need, ban on speculative trading, action against those who hoard cotton, etc.