Stop vendetta raids on weavers: Nara Lokesh urges Minister

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Politically motivated raids demotivate traders and businessmen

Mangalagiri weavers known for their heritage and talent

AMARAVATI: TDP National General Secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday strongly objected to the vigilance raids being conducted on the weavers cooperative societies in Mangalagiri town.

Mr. Lokesh urged Minister for Handlooms and Textiles Mekapati Gautam Reddy to stop these politically motivated raids and take action against those responsible for this. The Mangalagiri handlooms have got a reputation all over the country and they have got heritage value as well. It was unfortunate that these weavers were being targetted out of political vengeance.

In a letter to the Minister here, Mr. Nara Lokesh said some of the prominent weaver societies of Managalgiri were being subjected to wanton raids. These weavers have long been respectable members of society and valuable providers of livelihood to many. Their contributions to our textile heritage have been critical in establishing Andhra pradesh as one of the textile destinations of India. If these vendetta raids would not cease immediately, the TDP would organize state-wide weavers’ protests.

Mr. Lokesh deplored that the raids were targetted at individuals who have been long-time supporters of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). These weavers have already suffered due to declining patronage over the years. The Covid-19 pandemic has further crippled their financial situation. Shockingly, the APCO too has not been procuring from these weaver societies since August, 2019. By humiliating them further, the Government was trying to gain narrow political benefit at the cost of an entire hard-working community. These raids were motivated, illegitimate, and unbecoming of our image as a once business-friendly state.

Mr. Lokesh asked what message the Government would like to send to the small industries and traditional entrepreneurs of AP when the vendetta vigilance department were conducted like this. It would only serve to further dampen economic activity and worsen the image of AP as a viciously unfriendly and vindictive state to commerce and trading communities. Prompt corrective action was needed against the erring officials. Whoever was responsible for these vendetta raids should be censured.