At a time when weavers were feeling let down with the disappointing ground situation, a slew of projects announced in the recent budget is set to infuse a new lease of life into their economic condition. The Karnataka government has announced the setting up a a textile park in Guledgudda in Badami, loans of over Rs 79.57 crore are to be waived for weavers, and ‘Nekarara Samman Yojana’ is to be continued. The announcement were part of the state budget presented by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Karnataka’s weaver community has welcomed the announcements. It was the long-pending demand of weavers that an exclusive textile park be set up to cater to the needs of over 25,000 families dependent on weaving and allied jobs.
Weavers however want that locals should be given preference while allotting land to set up powerlooms. Guledgudda, Kamatagi, Rabkavi-Banhatti, Ilkal and parts of Hungund of Bagalkot are expected to benefit from the first such textile park in the region.