Muralidhar Rao on 3-day hunger strike for weavers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:15
Hyderabad: Slamming the UPA government for its apathy towards weavers across the country, BJP National Secretary P Muralidhar Rao, on Wednesday began a three-day hunger strike here protesting the policies of the Central and the Andhra Pradesh governments, for the distressed community.

Addressing a gathering after launching his 72-hour-long hunger strike, in wake of the pathetic conditions of weavers, Rao alleged that the central and state governments have been setting up Economic Special Zones and granting funds in crores to various firms and companies, but have totally neglected the weavers in handloom and powerloom sector.

Urging the UPA government to announce a clear textile policy to help weavers, the BJP leader said India's handloom sector was in acute distress as thousands of weavers have committed suicide due to the wrong policy of the government.

"Successive Congress governments, in Andhra Pradesh and at the Centre have neglected this sector for years and have pushed it towards decimation," he said adding that the condition of weavers has deteriorated sharply across the country, during the Congress-led UPA rule.

Condemning the Andhra Pradesh government policy towards the weavers community, Rao claimed 700 weavers have committed suicide since 2006 in the state due to debt, negligence by government agencies towards weavers for their products and high cost of production and no remunerative prices.

The weavers societies were made to suffer on account of delay in payments running into lakhs of rupees for several months by marketing organisations created by the government, he alleged.


First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:15

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