Weavers’ welfare our priority, says YSRC: July 23, 2012

Sircilla (Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh), July 23: Expressing solidarity with the weavers, YSRCP Honorary President YS VIjayamma said her Party will always be with them and she criticised the State Government for its apathy and watering down all welfare schemes launched by YSR.

“YSR has spun a magic web in the lives of weavers as he waived their loans and paid ex-gratia to the kin of the weavers who committed suicide during TDP rule besides placing Rs 312 crores in budget for loan waiver. The State government, however, did not honour it,” she said addressing a rally here on Monday as part of the ChenethaDeeksha.

Doling out the comparative facts and figures of what YSR has done to weavers, from loans, to houses to pensions and what the present State government is not doing she said, the situation is going back to the 2004 dark era where despair and suicides were order of the day.

“After NTR, it was only YSR who cared for promoting handlooms. YSR had issued a GO to make it compulsory for state government employees to wear handloom clothes at least once a week. This was done to promote handlooms. The present Congress government has shelved it. NTR has introduced Janata clothes to encourage weavers but N Chandrababu Naidu has scraped that scheme,’ she said.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had taken up the weavers cause and held dharna at Dharmavaram. He would have been here had he not been in jail. YSRC is committed to the cause of weavers and all the promises he made will be fulfilled when YSRC comes to power.  “Increasing the pension amount to Rs 700, ammavadi, where two children of each family will be given Rs 500 each for education and the amount directly getting credited the mother’s account, will take shape, she said adding the Jagan will come out unscathed as he is jailed due to a political conspiracy.

Giving out details of increasing price of yarn and market dynamics, she said, the artisan gets 75 paise for weaving one metre of cloth while a trader gets Rs 100 and to a saree the cost price is Rs 300 and the selling price is Rs 300. These facts are leading weavers to despair, she said.

The State government has no heart and concern for weavers, farmers, women, students and other sections of the society who benefited out of YSR welfare schemes.  
YSR’s attire has been a symbol of pride to weavers and his dhoti has won all round acclaim, she said adding that he went to the US for meeting on Agriculture with the same attire to drive home the point that while speaking about farmers he should look like a farmer even if it is America.

She also recounted the details of the amount being allotted or spent in Telangana region for various schemes including Jalayagnam and pointed out that 75 per cent of beneficiaries of the loan waiver for weavers were from Telangana.

Earlier, YSRC leaders, BajireddyGoverdhan, Gattu Ramachandra Rao, KondaSurekha and others said that the ChenethaDeeksha was only to highlight the plight of weavers and the non- implementation of various schemes started to benefit them, but it had no political overtures.

Earlier, she was accorded a warm welcome at Vantimamidi which borders Medak district. She acknowledged the response of the gathering and garlanded the statue of YSR.

She later paid floral tributes to the martyrs memorial at Siddipet bypass road en route dharna venue. MLC KondaMurali and former legislator KondaSurekha accompanied her.

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