Machilipatnam, Dec 24: The handloom industry, the second largest after agriculture, in Andhra Pradesh is in doldrums due to step- motherly treatment meted out by the State and Central Governments, Andhra Pradesh Handloom Workers Union Vice President Sajja Nageswara Rao said today.
Talking to the the sources at Pedana, a handloom town near here, he said almost all handloom cooperative societies were incurring huge losses. He requested the State Government to waive Rs 42 crore of loans extended to the societies by the NABARD. In Chirala, a major handloom town, master weavers were marketing computer-designed fabrics harming genuine handloom cloth.
He appealed to the government to arrest the menace and ensure genuine handloom fabrics reached the consumers. Mr rao also demanded the setting up of handloom artisans complex and support price to the handloom products for saving the weaver community from hardships.
As many as 40 lakh weavers directly and indirectly depended on the handloom industry in the state, he claimed.