February 12, 2024 Nashik: Textile minister Chandrakant Patil, during a day’s tour to Nashik on Saturday, meet loom owners in Malegaon, Yeola, and said most of their demands have been approved by the state government He also said the government is planning to give pensions to the loom workers Noting that the textile weaving industry is the second largest employment generator after the agriculture sector, Patil said various innovative schemes are being included under the Integrated and Sustainable Textiles Policy 2023-2028 that the state government is formulating.
“The weavers' committee led by district guardian minister Dada Bhuse presented the demands of the loom owners. While most of the demands have been agreed upon, the government is considering the primary demand to increase the power subsidy for power looms by Rs0.75 per unit. The decision will be announced soon,” said Patil.
Guardian minister Dada Bhuse thanked Chandrakant Patil for his visit to Malegaon city and said that the report prepared by him would be presented to the government in a week.
During his visit to Yeola, Patil said, “To promote the business of handloom weavers and boost this industry, the government is trying to give the benefit of the festival scheme to the handloom weavers at least two to three times a year and monthly pension scheme after the age of 60 years.”
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