Weavers threaten to lay siege to YSR’s residence
HYDERABAD: A round table organised by city-based ‘Cheneta Vargala Chaitanya Vedika’ has set October 17 deadline for the State Government of andhrapradesh to concede the demands of weavers failing which the organisation would lay siege to Chief Minister’s residence here. Leaders of the BJP, TRS, Nava Telangana Praja Party, Praja Rajyam, TDP, Lok Satta attended the meeting which was chaired by Yerramada Venkanna Neta, convener, while representatives of the CPI(M), CPI and Congress kept away. Among the participants were G. Kishan Reddy and E. Rajender, floor leaders of BJP and TRS respectively, E. Peddi Reddy (NTPP), U. Peddanna (PRP), K. Venkateswarlu, secretary, TDP’s handloom wing, Devadas (Lok Satta), and K. Ramesh, secretary, Cheneta Karmika Sangham. The demands include constitution of an all-party committee to avert suicides of weavers and special residential schools for their children, waiver of all loans and a minimum wage for them of Rs.6,000.
The speakers wanted the Government, with its guarantee, to extend loans of Rs.50,000 and Rs.30,000 for each silk and cotton loom respectively at three per cent. They demanded supply of only APCO livery to all Government departments and route such orders through a special agency to power loom workers at Sircilla and elsewhere.