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National Weavers’ Joint Action Committee to hold Chalo Delhi on Dec 9

Hyderabad, Dec 8 (UNI) National Weavers’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) will hold 'Chalo Delhi' at Janta Mantar on Dec 9 to achieve their demands, its chairman said on Sunday.

In a statement here on Sunday, Mr Dasu Suresh said that the Handloom is a handicraft which has been reflecting our rich cultural heritage over the centuries. Though it has been treated as a family profession, it has been representing the Indian tradition.

It is an age-old weaving tradition which has been considered as a proud treasure to the Indians. The handloom which has been treated as a unique art form is on deathbed due to the governments' apathy. "Weavers, whom once the British rulers treated as their competitors in handloom sector, has been facing difficulties to earn bread and butter because of Indian rulers inefficiency and the implementation of non-scientific methods," he said.

The Committee had conducted “Weavers’ War bugle –Chalo Delhi” in the month of June where it drew attention of Central Government, national media and National Human Rights Commission towards the problems has been faced by the weaver community. With this, The National BC Comission Chairman along with members visited the Telangana state and console the bereaved families of the dead weavers and came to know about their socio-economic conditions directly.

The commission has submitted its report to Union textile minister Smriti Irani. Based on the report the Textile ministry gathered the details of bereaved weavers’ families in the state. Later, Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkata Reddy has brought the problems of weavers in his constituency to the notice of Smriti Irani and requested her to provide free insurance to weavers and an announcement on establishment of 10 handloom clusters.

The Andhra Government had identified investment assistance, one of the main demands from the weavers and came forward to provide an annual investment assistance of Rs 24,000 to each to 90,000 weaver families. "The implementation of weavers’ joint action plan has been paving ways to solve problems," Mr Suresh said.
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