Weavers clusters cry for attention

Weavers clusters cry for attention
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Process of setting up of weavers’ clusters in the district have been going on at a snail’s pace. Hence, the government’s aim to improving weavers’ lives was delayed for the past two years.

Srikakulam: Process of setting up of weavers’ clusters in the district have been going on at a snail’s pace. Hence, the government’s aim to improving weavers’ lives was delayed for the past two years.

The government had proposed two clusters two years ago in the district in Ponduru and Narasannapeta mandals. To provide skill upgradation, training on modern trends in weaving, designing, dyeing, effluent treatment plan, modernisation of weaving looms and accessories are the objectives of these clusters.

The estimated cost of each cluster is Rs 50 crore and required land for each cluster is 90 acres where weavers would be provided houses, loans for weaving garments and marketing facilities.

At present each weaver is unable to get even Rs 100 per day some of them are not earning even Rs 75 due to poor reception from the people, competition from power loom and lack of government’s commitment towards revival of weaving industry.

There are two different weavers one is handloom weavers and other khadi weavers. Handloom weavers are weaving clothes from yarn made from power looms. Khadi weavers are weaving clothes from yarn produced from traditional looms. With the proposed clusters both type of weavers would get benefitted.

For Ponduru cluster, the government released the GO No. 72 on March 1, 2017 revenue, handlooms and textiles officials are yet to finalise suitable site for the cluster.

They inspected three sites at Pydikonda, Rapaka Junction and Lolugu village in Ponduru mandal. But the government has given administrative sanction for allotment of Rs 25 crore for Ponduru cluster out of its total estimated value of Rs 50 crore. For Narasannapeta, the officials are yet to identify the suitable site.

By Ch Lakshmana Rao

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