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India: Powerloom associations to weave only Bathukamma saris for next 20 days

The Telengana administration has called upon powerloom weavers of Sircilla textile town to weave only Bathukamma saris for the next 20 days to achieve the targeted production. Powerloom weavers have so far weaved 55 lakh saris against the target of 90 lakh. The rest would be weaved on a mission mode in the coming 20 days. At present, 20,000 looms have been deployed to produce the saris and additional 2,000 looms would be added to increase production.

The state government has placed orders for saris at a cost of Rs 280 crore. It may not place orders in future if weavers fail to achieve the targeted production by October 10. The government would appoint special officers to oversee the production by visiting powerloom sectors in various localities.

The powerloom associations have promised to produce only Bathukamma saris till October 10 to achieve the target and win over the confidence of the government to secure regular orders. The association leaders also hailed the Collector’s decision to provide wages for 20 days to old weavers and others.