Pawan Kalyan to bat for weavers at Mangalagiri on Feb. 20

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is likely to address a large meeting of the weavers at Mangalagiri in the AP capital region on February 20. A delegation of the weavers that met the hero-turned politician last week, had requested him to attend the meeting. The leaders are now making the arrangements for the event that is set to focus on the weavers’ problems.

Pawan Kalyan’s intervention is helping the aggrieved parties in the State as the government is responding only to his demands than those of the main opposition party, YSR Congress. Be it the land pooling issue of the capital area farmers or the mysterious kidney disease issue of the Uddanam area people, the State government had responded positively taking his criticism. The weavers too, taking advantage of the situation, have approached Pawan Kalyan to extend support to them.

The Jana Sena chief, who had given them a patient hearing for two hours, is now ready to give his voice for them. He is now collecting information on the plight of the weavers, particularly the handloom weavers spread over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts. The Mangalagiri meeting is all likely to see Pawan Kalyan asking for some sops to the community.

The ruling TDP had promised total loan waiver for the weavers during the 2014 elections. After coming to power in the last two and a half years, the government claims to have waived the loans of the farmers and the self-help group women, while the Opposition and some farmers’ bodies ridicule it. However, it is said that the government had not taken up the cause of the weavers and addressed their loans issues.

Hundreds of weavers in the State are in dire need of financial and marketing support. The handlooms are to be replaced for several of them as they have not received any support over the years. The use of handloom cloths has come down alarmingly with no patronage. Though there are outlets run by the APCO, the sale is considerably low running them in losses.

Pawan Kalyan had agreed to be their brand ambassador to promote the use of handloom cloths and other material. It is in this background, the Jana Sena chief is set to give his voice for one of the oldest professions of the State or rather the world that looks for a helping hand.

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