Handloom weavers seek separate bank

The Weavers’ Protection Committee has urged the government to take steps for establishing an exclusive bank to revive the handloom industry and protect the interests of weavers.

In a representation to Handloom Minister Kollu Ravindra, association leaders M. Ramachandra, K. Mallesh, and Bhimesappa stated that Yemmiganur and Adoni towns were predominantly inhabited by weaver families and they were leading a miserable life since the collapse of the cottage industry.

The Association drew the attention of the government to the need for improving the designs and quality in order to tap the export market. Service centres were desired to provide raw materials at a subsidized cost and also train the weavers in the latest skills.

The Association urged the government to apply NREGS scheme to support weavers by granting them wages under the scheme.

Textile park

It urged the Minister to enlarge the scope of Textile park by introducing value addition activities like dyeing, warping, sizing units and finally fabric manufacturing. A polytechnic was sought in Textile and Handloom Technology at Yemmiganur to promote the industrial activity in the area and produce skilled labour needed for the industry.

Govt. apprised of need to improve quality of products to tap export market

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