A mini textile park will be set up at Kodakandla in Warangal district soon with the potential to create new livelihood avenues for about 20,000 weaving families in the area.

Announcing this, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said the decision was taken after taking into account all the necessary facilities required in the wake of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s directions to ensure welfare of weavers in the State.

Addressing a review meeting here on Monday, Rama Rao said thousands of skilled weavers from Kodakandla had migrated to other States for livelihood, but were keen to return to their home town after witnessing the support being extended by the State government for the textile sector. 

“People especially weavers from Kodakandla have been wanting the mini textile park which will improve their livelihood opportunities in their home town. We will continue to extend further support to them,” he said.

The Minister, who reviewed the progress of various programmes being implemented in the handloom and textile sectors, said all the welfare programmes being implemented for weavers will continue without any compromise. The State government will continue with the ambitious Bathukamma sarees production programme carried out on a large scale every year, especially to support powerloom workers in the State, he said.

Observing that the Nethannaku Cheyutha scheme had come as a major relief for weavers during the Covid pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, the Minister said with the State government giving exemption and allowing weavers to withdraw their savings along with the government contribution before the prescribed period, about 25,000 weavers’ families had received a total amount of Rs 95 crore. 

He promised to take into consideration the requests from weavers to continue the programme and take up the issue in the Cabinet meeting for necessary action in this regard.

Rama Rao sought a detailed report from the Textile Department officials to pitch for budgetary allocations for the textile and handloom sectors in the upcoming State budget for 2021-22.

Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao thanked Rama Rao for his prompt response. Handlooms and Textiles Commissioner Shailaja Ramaiyyer and other officials participated in the meeting.

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