Lucknow: Reacting to Samajwadi Party`s
allegations that the state government was not serious about
the welfare of weavers, BSP on Thursday accused the SP of serving
the interests of capitalists while in power and claimed that
Mayawati government had initiated a number of measures for the
"SP, which worked for the interests of the capitalists
during its regime, is trying to portray itself as a champion of
weavers. The party itself did nothing for the community", BSP
state president Swami Prasad Maurya alleged.
Claiming that the state government had taken several
important decisions for the welfare of weavers, he said that
export of handloom products from the state to other parts had
also increased considerably.
Alleging that the weaver community was economically
exploited during the SP regime, Maurya said that problems of
the handlooms and power-looms were never addressed during SP
He said that the State Government had implemented
power-loom modernisation scheme to encourage the power-loom
industry in the State.
Besides to give weavers social recognition, BSP
government had made arrangement to honour them at the state
and zonal level by introducing `Manyawar Sri Kanshiram Ji
Rajya Hathkargha Puraskar Yojana`. The amount under it had
been increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4.56 lakh.
A SP delegation had yesterday submitted a memorandum
to Governor BL Joshi demanding his intervention in improving
the condition of weavers.