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Handloom silk producers strike to protest high raw material prices
Dec '10
Protesting against the rising prices of raw materials, the handloom silk producers from Tamil Nadu have gone on a week-long strike since December 18 onwards, as according to them, if this price rise persists it would cause the manufacturers in the state to suffer a loss of Rs 900 million per day, while the weavers, too, will have to suffer a loss of Rs 30 million per day in wages.

The raw material prices have increased at a greater pace since last year. Raw Kora silk, which was traded at Rs 1,750 per kg in January this year, is now being traded at Rs 3,300 per kg.

This unexpected rise in the raw material prices has jeopardized the business of the silk producing units and has risked the jobs of around one million workers employed there.

Aiming to get a solution for all their problems, these handloom silk manufacturers have raised certain demands before the central as well as the state governments. They have requested the government to immediately fulfil their demands to ban the powerlooms from getting involved into handloom manufacturing, to write off the weavers' loans in banks and to cut down the prices of Kora silk. However, none of their demands have been fulfilled till now.

Thus, in opposition to the non-fulfilment of their demands, the manufacturers have resorted to a week-long strike since December 18, which will continue till December 25.

Furthermore, the manufacturers from districts like Salem, Thiruvarur, Kanchipuram and Thanjavur across the state had a meeting, yesterday, to decide on the future course of action.

Growing weakness of the business has caused a number of weavers and manufacturers to change their occupations. There are around 50,000 manufacturers and looms in the district of Kumbakonam alone, which are now incurring a loss of Rs 15 million a day.

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