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CSB turns red eye on chemically adulterated raw silk
Aug '10
Some of the silk weavers in Karnataka have got eye injuries due to toxic material in silk fibre. In response, Minister of State for Textiles Ms. Panabaaka Lakshmi, stated that this matter has been taken up by the Central Silk Board with the Karnataka Commissioner of Sericulture, to take actions against the traders involved in using chemically adulterated silk, in order to get rid of such serious happenings.

Silk weavers in Magadi region, near Bangalore suffered skin allergies along with eye injuries. To find out the real cause of such an injury and allergy, an inquiry had been conducted, informed the Minister. It has been ascertained that this has happened as a result of the use of chemically toxic substances for silk preservation. The twisters and weavers procured it from local silk traders, informed the Minister.

The silk samples have been sent for forensic examination in order to ascertain the toxic material used in the silk. In last three years, around 55 textile mills had closed in last three years till June 30, 2010, leaving about 15,000 workers jobless, the Minister stated to the Rajya Sabha.

Normally, jobless workers are offered interim relief under Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS). However, these workers of these 55 units were not provided such relief, as they were not covered under the scheme.

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