Adilabad: Women workers of Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Societies and trading units of Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Mancherial district have sought loans under Mudra scheme to mitigate the losses caused by the lockdown. They said they have been jobless for the past four months.
Nalla Kanakaiah, person in-charge of Bejjur Handloom Industrial Cooperative Production and Sales Society Limited (BHICPSSL), said the government should come to the rescue of the women workers by immediately purchasing their products and the Telangana State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Limited (TESCO) clearing their pending bills at the earliest.
He said cooperative societies were unable to repay loans availed from the government in the past. He sought exclusion of ingredients used by the weavers from the purview of GST, and wanted financial investment support for the weavers on the lines of Rythu Bandhu scheme. He also requested that the new thrift fund scheme be continued which was stopped in 2018.
According to Kanakaiah, 30 labourers of Padmshali community were engaged in production of carpets at a BHICPSSL unit at Kosini village in Kaghaznagar mandal. The workers were leading a pathetic life due to the delay in clearing their bills and lack of employment since the lockdown.
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