Hyderabad: The TDP members forced the Deputy Speaker, Mr N Manohar, on Monday to adjourn the Legislative Assembly for the day by creating noisy scenes expressing dissatisfaction over the reply of the government on the issues of the weavers.
Before that the House was adjourned twice following the disturbance of the proceedings of the House by the TDP members. They forced the Deputy Speaker to adjourn the House at 11.15 am for half-an-hour and at 1.05 pm for 10 minutes by continuing their protest at the podium of the Speaker.
Criticizing the Chief Minister for his in effective reply on the issues of the weavers, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, said that the weavers were stuck up in deep neck crisis in the State. The awful situation triggered spate of suicides and hunger deaths of weavers, he regretted. Though the government announced Special Package for waivers of Rs 312-crore loans of the weavers societies and individuals, only Rs 107 crores have been paid to them. Moreover, only Rs 200 crores were allocated for the purpose in the budget. In the last seven years, 1,977 weavers deaths — suicides or hunger deaths — were reported, he added. Out of 1,415 weavers’ societies, 872 societies were active and 543 societies were defunct. Out of 3,20,000 indigenous looms, 1,52,000 looms were out of running. It means 60 to 70 per cent of looms were out of functioning, he added.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu reminded that there was steep hike in the cost of yarn, colors and chemicals in the recent years, breaking backbone of the weavers. The government also abandoned Workshed-cum-house scheme in the guise of housing scheme, he deplored.
Expressing dissatisfaction over meager allocation of funds to the handloom sector in the State budget and Union budget, the Leader of the Opposition said that only Rs 200 crores were allocated for the sector in 1,20,000-crore State budget while Rs 324 crores were earmarked in the Union budget of Rs 12 lakh crores. The handicrafts professionals were destroyed during the globalization era. He underlined the need to revive handloom sector in the State. Unfortunately, the government’s actions were not like developing confidence in the weavers who were in distress, he added.
The Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr P Shanker Rao, said that the government was keen on implementing the special package for weavers in toto. The government has also taken up a plan to provide work to the indigenous weavers throughout the year by spending Rs 300 crores by 10 departments. The government also cleared all the dues of APCOB that would facilitate the weavers to get payments to their products.
FLOOR LEADERS’ MEET ON WEAVERS’ ISSUES
The Minister also assured that a meeting of the floor leaders would be held to take their suggestions on the issues of the weavers. The government would take all measures to end the pathos of the weavers in the State, he made it clear. Not satisfied with the clarification of the Minister, the TDP members rushed to the podium of the Speaker by exhibiting placards and raising slogans resulting in pandemonium in the House.
Making an effort to cool down the agitating members, the Deputy Speaker, who is in the chair, said that the habit of rushing to the podium was not correct and the House needs to follow certain procedures and practices. The government was ready to make a statement on the issue of power supply, which was demanded by the Opposition, if the TDP members cooperate.
When the TDP members did not pay heed to his request, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House at1.51 pm to meet at 9 am on Tuesday. (NSS)