Minister promises steps to buy unsold products from weavers

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Reverse-class Welfare Minister Ch.Venu Gopala Krishna on Saturday promised measures to ensure the purchase of hand-weaving products that have not been sold due to the impact of COVID-19 on trading and marketing activities.

In the East Godavari district alone, where more than 15,000 families are hand-weaving, products worth 12 billion yen are in the minds of 50 weaving cooperatives. This included saris, blankets and towels.

In the village of Addampalli in the Ramachandrapuram Assembly segment, Weber informed the minister that they had accumulated ₹ 1.36 crore of blankets to be purchased by AP State Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society Limited (APCO).

The minister tried to find out how hand-weaving activity stalled due to a delay in marketing the products and the effects of COVID-19 by weavers at Sri Malleswara Handloom Weavers’ Co-operative Society Limited, which has 334 members and operates 130 hand looms. He found that women played the main roles in handloom weaving at various stages.

“The state government’s annual package of 24,000 yen came to the rescue of the weavers, who are affected by sales shortfalls due to COVID-19. Many of them now make a living through the national rural employment guarantee system. Your plight will be brought to the attention of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, ”said Venu Gopala Krishna.

“The reasons for the delay in obtaining handwoven products from APCO are being investigated. BC Welfare Department will also convince APCO to purchase blankets and towels for the department’s welfare homes, ”he said.

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