3-member team to study reasons for weavers’ suicides

DRDA officials collecting data on weaving industry crisis from the family members of Perisetti Dattatreya (36), who committed suicide in April , at Kappaladoddi on Wednesday.—Photo: T. Appala Naidu  

Collector Buddha Prakash M Jyothi on Wednesday ordered a three-member team to study the pathetic state of weavers at Kappaladoddi in Guduru mandal, where nine of them committed suicide since 2010.

Responding to a report ‘12 weavers commit suicide in Krishna District’ published in these columns, Mr. Buddha Prakash sought a report on what had driven the weavers to take the extreme step and other reasons for the existing crisis.

The team comprising Department of District Rural Development Authority Project Director, Handlooms Department Assistant Director and Machilipatnam Revenue Divisional Officer visited the village.

“The three officers will study the socio, economic conditions, mode of employment to the weavers and their access to the welfare schemes,” Mr. Buddha Prakash told The Hindu .

Since the number of suicides was very high in the recent years, every possible action would be explored to prevent them as well as help those families to come out from the crisis, he added. DRDA area co-ordinator M. Vijetha-led team on Wednesday collected the data about the number of suicides, their involvement in Self Help Groups and access to the institutional credit.

Nevertheless, they also listed out two hunger deaths reported at Kappaladoddi in the last five years.

The families of Metla Rama Rao and Perisetti Dattatreya, who committed suicide in 2013, were also counselled by the DRDA authorities and promised necessary support under Sthrinidhi and Abhaya Hastham programmes.

Collector promises to explore every option to prevent suicides

Nine weavers committed suicide since 2010 at Kappaladoddi