TAMIL NADU

Government urged check hike in prices of yarn and silk yarn

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu Handloom Weaving Workers’ Federation affiliated to AITUC urged the Centre and the state government to take steps to check the hike in the prices of raw materials needed for handloom weaving like yarn and silk yarn.

The hike in the prices of raw materials had hit the handloom weaving industry to a major extent and a large number of weavers were without jobs due to closure of units, a resolution adopted at the state general body meeting of the federation held here on Sunday said.

Another resolution thanked the state government for coming forward to provide 10 per cent hike in wages to handloom weavers employed in cooperative societies. However the government should increase the wages every year, instead of the present system of increasing the wages once in 10 years. It is more than 15 years since the basic pay of the handloom weavers was fixed. The state government should revise the basic pay of the weavers with immediate effect.

Referring to the provision of a monthly pension of Rs. 400 to the handloom weavers of cooperative societies who had crossed 60 years of age, the federation pleaded with the government to sanction a monthly pension of Rs. 1,000 to all aged handloom weavers by relaxing the existing norms. The government should allot adequate funds for the same and this scheme should be extended to workers of private handloom units too.

The government should allot adequate funds to the Weavers Welfare Board so that it could extend education, marriage, delivery assistance, without delay, to its members. The Centre and the state government should come forward to provide houses to all the Cooperative Society members and to private unit weavers.

The State president of federation S. P. Muniappan presided. General secretary S. R. Krishnamoorthy presented the report. The state general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), S. S. Thiagarajan, the secretary of the federation V. Sithian, treasurer, T. S. Ramalingam, spoke. Office-bearers of the district units of the Federation from Madurai, Erode, Virudhunagar and Thanjavur participated.

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