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AP govt initiates steps to help handloom weavers
May '11
The State as well as the Union Government is initiating measures to ensure continuous employment for weavers in the state, round the year, Hyderabad State Minister for Handlooms and Textiles - P Shankar Rao said while addressing the textiles and APCO department officials during a recently held review meeting in Anantpur district.

He said that, the government is taking steps to stop weaver's suicides.

As a part of these efforts, a sum of Rs. 3.12 billion has been sanctioned for settling the loans of the local weavers. Rs. 1.09 billion of this sanctioned sum has already been given in the first phase, of which Rs. 81.9 million has already been utilized to repay loans of 3,885 weavers in the district.

He said that, he is paying a visit to all districts of the State and conducting meetings with the concerned officials to learn about the difficulties that the weavers face.

Further, Rao also said that, from the total sum of Rs. 30 billion allocated by the Centre for weaver's welfare in India, Rs. 4 billion have been sanctioned for weavers in the state.

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