Weavers Federation allege misappropriation of public funds

A TN weavers organisation has alleged misappropriation of public funds and pecuniary gains to tune of about Rs 20 crore by some top govt officials in purchase of yarn for production of sarees and dhotis.

Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

Chennai: A Tamil Nadu weavers organisation has alleged misappropriation of public funds and pecuniary gains to tune of about Rs 20 crore by some top government officials
in purchase of yarn for production of sarees and dhotis for free distribution to the poor during 2011 `pongal` festival.

In a petition in the Madras High Court, the Tamil Nadu Power Loom Weavers Society`s Federation sought a direction to the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption to register its September three last complaint and inquire into it.
Chennai: A Tamil Nadu weavers organisation has alleged misappropriation of public funds and pecuniary gains to tune of about Rs 20 crore by some top government officials
in purchase of yarn for production of sarees and dhotis for free distribution to the poor during 2011 `pongal` festival.

In a petition in the Madras High Court, the Tamil Nadu Power Loom Weavers Society`s Federation sought a direction to the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption to register its September three last complaint and inquire into it.
The federation claimed that government cooperative spinning mills supplied yarn for production of 40s cotton cone yarn at Rs 840 for five kg.The federation also provided a list of the successful bidders.

The federation initially had 18 government cooperative spinning mills as its members and they were supplying the cotton yarn requirement between 1999, the year the free saree-dhoti distribution scheme was introduced, till 2003. The number had dwindled to just five, the petitioner submitted.

PTI