Power loom workers demand relaxation

Demanding that handloom items notified as reserved items should be allowed to be produced in power looms, members of Powerloom Workers Association staged a demonstration near Collectorate here on Monday.

The members said that there were around 5,000 power loom units in the district through which over 50,000 families earned their livelihood.

Stating that silk saris were not allowed to be produced in power loom, officials from the State Handloom Enforcement Wing, Salem Zone, raided the units and damaged the materials and also threatened the workers.

Upgraded looms

The officials failed to inspect the upgraded looms where these items were produced, they claimed.

They said that only because of the hard work of the workers, the State Government was giving orders for production of free dhotis and saris to the power looms.

They said that due to the production activities, the economic condition of the workers and the district had improved. Hence, the Government should exempt the items so that it could be produced in the power looms, they added.