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Distressed weavers hit the bottle

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Sircilla, the Textile City in North Telangana, has become notorious for suicides in recent years. Powerloom weavers, owners and also handloom weavers have been ending their lives due to depression. For the past four or five years, the powerloom owners have been getting abnormal power bills and they have not been in a position to pay the bills. The textiles produced in the power looms have not been getting marketing support from the government and other agencies.

Excise officials fail to destroy spurious liquor units

M V Sukumar

Sircilla (Karimnagar): Sircilla, the Textile City in North Telangana, has become notorious for suicides in recent years. Powerloom weavers, owners and also handloom weavers have been ending their lives due to depression. For the past four or five years, the powerloom owners have been getting abnormal power bills and they have not been in a position to pay the bills. The textiles produced in the power looms have not been getting marketing support from the government and other agencies.

They are also not getting raw material from the traders due to hike in prices by the Central Government on these items. As the owners of power looms were not in a position to pay salaries to the workers, they removed many of the power-loom workers. As such, hundreds of power-loom and handloom workers have become jobless during the past couple of years.

The town has about 80,000 workers depending on textile industry directly or indirectly. Due to financial constraints and ill health, several of them committed suicide in the past. As they are not employed, some of them seek other occupations such as cheap liquor manufacturing. And due to continuous financial problems, they become addicts to liquor.

Cheap liquor manufacturing units are spread over forest areas in Sircilla, Yellareddypet and Mustabad mandals. Many villagers involved in `Gudumba’ making are illiterate and unemployed. On an average, 10,000 litres to 15,000 litres of cheap liquor is being consumed in the town daily.

The members of voluntary organizations and women societies urged to the officials of Excise Department to take stringent measures to curb the cheap liquor menace. Despite these representations, the Excise officials are not in a position to thwart the spread of cheap liquor units. Many of the officials get `mamools’ from the organizers of these cheap liquor units. People, especially women, urged the Excise officials to take strict measures to destroy the cheap liquor making units in the villages.

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