Handloom corporation chief promises to hike weavers’ wage

Chairman of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation Rajashekhar Sheelavantar being greeted by Pralhad Joshi, MP, and Chandrakanth Bellad, MLA, among others, after he took charge in Hubli on Monday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale  

The former MLA, Rajashekhar Sheelavantar, who took charge as the Chairperson of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation here on Monday has said that his priority would be to increase the wages of weavers and also provide them with shelter.

Speaking to presspersons after assuming office at the KHDC office in Vidyanagar here on Monday, Mr. Sheelavantar said he would take steps to realise his objectives.

He said he knew the pulse of the weavers as he had grown up amidst them and he would initiate steps to issue them title deeds of their houses.

Mr. Rajashekhar Sheelavantar said that he would seek a special package of Rs. 102 crore for the KHDC. The funds would be used for welfare schemes for weavers across the State. To a query, Mr. Rajashekhar Sheelavantar said that steps would be taken to ensure that there was no dearth of raw materials for weavers. And, to expand the market for the KHDC products, many more Priyadrashini handloom outlets would be opened across the State.

When presspersons raised the issue of corruption in the KHDC affairs, Pralhad Joshi, MP, intervened and directed the new chairman to take serious note of the issue and initiate action. He added that though the head office of the KHDC was in Hubli, administrative decisions were being taken in Bangalore, and that has to stop.

Siddu Savadi, Chairman of NGEF; Ranga Baddi, former Chairman of the NWKRTC Mallikarjun Savakar; and Mahesh Tenginkai, chairman of the Karnataka Bal Vikas Academy were present.

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