Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday assured that the State government was keen on extending financial assistance to all the eligible weavers and weavers societies, without limiting the announced Rs 312-crore loans waiver to the weavers cooperative societies.
Intervening on weavers’ issues in the House, the Chief Minister made it clear that the Government was taking all necessary steps to save the distressed weavers in the State. Informing the steps being taken in this regard, he reminded that the subsidy on yarn was increased to 20 per cent from 10 per cent. It has caused Rs 2.6 crores additional burden on the State exchequer. The Centre also agreed to reduce import tax on yarn from the existing 35 per cent to five percent. In addition to this, the Centre has decided to purchase yarn by inviting global tenders. These measures would automatically bring down the cost of the yarn that would directly benefit the weavers in the State, he opined.
“The power subsidy to power looms was lifted in the last year’s budget. Keeping in view the hardship being faced by the weavers and power loom owners, the government has restored 50 per cent power subsidy from January 1 in the State”, he pointed out.
Positively reacting to the suggestion of the TDP member, Mr Muddu Krishnama Naidu, the Chief Minister assured that he would direct the officials to study Fuel Surcharge Adjustment and action would be taken in this regard later. The government would also take steps to save the power loom industry which was facing hard time, he added.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, during a question on three language formula, assured that a meeting would be held at his level to discuss the implementation of Urdu as second language. The government would do what it can in the matter of Urdu language. Urdu speaking in Hyderabad was different than Urdu in other places and had its unique identity, he added.
The Chief Minister also informed that the State government has already tried to de-notify (de-reserve) the SC, ST backlog posts of the Urdu language teachers as the qualified SC, ST candidates were not available for the posts. But the Court has directed the State government to issue notification for another two or three times for the posts and de-notify then, if no qualified SC, ST candidate was available, he added. The Law Department was looking into the matter now. There was also scarcity of Urdu translators in the State, he maintained.
“A meeting would be held at my level to discuss the steps to resolve these problems”, he added. (NSS)