Inaugurating a yarn unit at Pulgurtha village in Anaparthy mandal of East Godavari district on Friday, Ravindra said handloom sector has been neglected in the past which needs revival as it is the second largest sector providing employment after agriculture in Andhra Pradesh.

He assured weavers to implement Insurance scheme in the next two or three weeks by relaxing the rules. The minister also said training would be imparted on new designs to weavers in order meet the market demand.

"Efforts to clear stocks in godowns and to release of funds to APCO would also be done. There are 31 clusters at present in the state and 11 more new clusters have been started, of which three are in East Godavari," the minister said.

Facilities like work sheds, weaving equipments would also be provided, he said.

MLA of Anaparthy N Ramakrishna Reddy said that the new Malka yarn unit is the first unit under cooperative weaving in the state, set up with a budget of Rs 93 lakh.

District collector Neetu Prasad who was also present on the occasion, said there were some integrated cluster development schemes for weavers, run by state government and Centre.

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