Express press service
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: The worst fears of weavers employed in various units at the Sircilla Textile Park came true on Sunday. As previously reported, the owners of these units, facing severe financial difficulties, have closed shop. Ironically, the decision to close their units came on a day when workers were due to celebrate International Workers’ Day, leaving around 1,500 employees to fend for themselves.
Of the approximately 117 units, about 50 units were closed earlier and the rest were closed on Sunday. With the closure of all units, which at least for now seems indefinite, Sircilla’s textile park wore a deserted look with despairing employees not knowing where their next meal would come from.
Speaking to Express, Textile Park Units Owners Association President Annal Das Anil said: ‘We don’t know for how many days the units will be closed. There is no clarity at this stage. Until and unless the government lends a helping hand, the closure of our units will be indefinite. »
Comparing the situation in Telangana with that of other states, he said, “In Maharastra, textile manufacturers are supplied with electricity at Rs 3.50 per unit. In Tamil Nadu, electricity is provided free of charge up to 500 units. However, textile manufacturers in Telangana have to pay 7.50 rupees per unit.
In addition to soaring raw material costs, manufacturers are also burdened with ever-increasing yarn prices and transportation costs, he added. Manchala Rajamesham, an employee of Laxmi Textiles, lamented that there is no other source of income for the weavers. CITU leader Kodam Ramana demanded that the government take a serious look at the situation. The Textile Park was established with an investment of Rs 7.73 core in 2002-03 by the then United Government of Andhra Pradesh to prevent starvation and empower weavers.