Hyderabad: the Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr P Shanker Rao, on Thursday announced that all types of individual loans taken by weavers for purpose of weaving would be waived throughout the State benefiting some 50,000 weaver families.
Speaking to mediapersons in the Secretariat here, Dr Shanker Rao said that the individual loans taken by weavers for purpose of weaving cloth up to March 31, 2010 would be waived. It would cause Rs 20-crore financial burden on the exchequer of the State. In January this year, the State government had released Rs 109.07 crores for waiver of loans of some 5,000 weavers, but it covered only artisan credit cards, PMRY and Rajiv Yuva Shakthi loans. Keeping it mind that the weavers also took other types of loans like DRA, IRDP, group loans and working capital loans, the government has decided to waive such loans also, but the loans must be taken for the purpose of works of weaving.
“Out of 1,247 weavers’ societies in the State, 803 societies have withdrawn themselves from taking loans, especially after my request that bogus societies should withdraw on humanitarian grounds”, the Minister claimed.
Referring to the news reports on denial of ex-gratia to families of 115 died weavers of Debbaka in Medak district on pretext of non-availability of post mortem report and FIR with police, the Minister made it clear that Siricilla like package would be extended to the families, if the deaths of families have taken place due to inability to meet the loans and financial problems. Rs 25,000 would be extended to each family of the deceased weavers. It would apply not only to Dubbaka, but also throughout the State. He directed the District Collectors to send reports on such weavers’ deaths to the government within a week. The local officers and elected representatives should be involved in finding genuine reasons for the deaths of the weavers, he added.
The minister also made it clear that it was the Chief Minister who should take a decision on waiver of loans of power loom owners. He assured to recommend for it, if the power loom owners represent the matter to the Chief Minister.