Around 4 lakh employees associated with IT companies in Hyderabad (India) have decided to wear handloom clothes on every Monday at the workplace in order to help weavers’ families. Hyderabad is home to around 400 IT/ITES companies.
The workers took this pledge during an event organised by the Facilities Management Council (FMC) Telangana at Phonix Arena last week to promote the handloom industry and support the weaver community.
The Government data reveals that handloom products worth Rs. 6 lakh were sold during the event attended by around 10,000 employees.
FMC, which is actively working with the State Government to encourage Handloom Mela in future, has decided to go ahead with a core committee to conduct such events to promote handlooms in IT parks in the New Year.
Last year, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) also made wearing handloom dress mandatory for its employees on Mondays.
Telangana is home to around 1.2 lakh handloom weavers apart from 50,000 powerlooms working in the state.
A loan waiver up to Rs. 1 lakh has also been announced recently by the Government to help the distressed weavers of the state.
Industries and Handlooms Minister KT Rama Rao had earlier requested the Handlooms and Textiles Department to design handloom clothes as per the taste of the younger generation to attract them towards the segment and thereby increase the sales of the products.
It is pertinent to note that not only Telangana, the Assamese Government is also working for the betterment of the handloom weavers. The Government announced to gift Khadi clothes to its employees on the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.