Wage increase in khadi sector on the cards

Staff Reporter

Minister says government considering 50% hike

Promises more incentives other than the hike

Says demand for khadi materials high in State

KOZHIKODE: Industries Minister Elamaram Karim on Saturday said that the government was taking steps to increase the wages of those working in the khadi sector by 50 per cent.

The Minister was inaugurating a State-level khadi and village industries exhibition ‘Khadi Utsav-2008’ at the Corporation Stadium here. Now, the maximum wages per day of a worker in the sector was Rs.70. This was not sufficient, he said.

A south India regional meeting of those related to the sector had agreed to increase the wages of khadi workers. This would be implemented with the approval of the Khadi Commission. The State government would give more incentives other than this increase in wages, he said.

The Minister said there was a huge demand for khadi materials in the State. However, production was not taking place due to low wages. Therefore, the majority of khadi clothes sold in the State were from the other States. The government initiative to increase the wages by 50 per cent was in this context.

A new showroom of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will soon be opened in Kozhikode. The government was on the look out for a suitable site for the showroom.

Kozhikode district panchayat president K.P. Kunahammedkutty presided.