Post issues regarding the distribution of Bathukamma sarees during last Dasara, the State government has now decided to order Bathukamma sarees only from the Sircilla textile town. This move will ensure employment to weavers and various other allied sectors in the textile industry, for over six months.
The power loom weavers of Sircilla textile town in Rajanna-Sircilla district in the Indian state of Telangana are a happy lot as the State government has placed bulk orders for school uniforms, Bathukamma sarees and more.
Last year the State government had placed bulk orders for above mentioned sarees in May hence weavers could manufacture only 60 lakh sarees, however, this year orders are placed in time to ensure timely delivery.
The power loom weavers have completed working on school uniforms valued at Rs 55 crore under the Rajiv Vidya Mission. They had also delivered fabric valued at 10.22 lakh metres to the social welfare department and Ramzan gifts of 25 lakh metres for shirt material and 30 lakh metres for pyjamas. In all 85 lakh sarees valued at Rs 250 crore would be distributed among the BPL women for the Bathukamma festival this year.
The State government had already placed orders for the sarees and the weavers have also placed orders for the procurement of yarn to begin the production from the first week of April.
The State government’s bulk order would ensure salary valued at Rs16,000 per month when compared to the regular salary of around Rs 10,000 per month for weavers.
Assistant Director of Handloom and Textiles, Ashok Rao was reported to have disclosed that Bathukamma sarees would be weaved on 25,000 power looms and provide employment to 10,000 weavers and a further 10,000 weavers indirectly within the allied sectors of this industry.