The state government announced a special package to the kin of weavers’ who committed suicides. Orders to this effect were issued on Wednesday. The revenue divisional officer (RDO) or sub-collector will verify the facts in the event of suicide by a weaver.
As a part of the package, an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh will be given through chief minister relief fund (CMRF) to the kin of those weavers and it will be deposited in the accounts of the deceased’s family members. The government will also settle the loan of the weaver up to Rs 50,000.
Other than financial and rehabilitation measures, the government will also admit the children of the deceased into social welfare schools and hostels. One house will be allotted under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) scheme and economic support will be provided to the family under government schemes.
Family members who did not get assistance earlier can submit their applications with particulars to the respective RDOs.
Preventive Measures: To prevent occurances of suicides among weavers, the government will set up a helpline centre at every collectorate. When any weaver or his friend or relative calls to inform of such extreme steps, the assistant director of handlooms and textiles of the district will get in touch with that family immediately and organise appropriate counselling. He will workout a package to insulate them from the pressures of money lenders. Cases pertaining to weaving will be given preference in extending benefits.