Weavers caught in the web of distress

Sunday, 07 Mar, 3.38 am
Mahesh Kulkarni,

Prasanna M K, a 58-year-old weaver at Doddaballapur town, earns about Rs 300 per day. He recently underwent an open-heart surgery. With no savings from his earnings (he has been working at a powerloom unit for the past 35 years) and no statutory benefits like PF or gratuity, he had to beg and borrow from friends and relatives to arrange money for his hospital expenses. Even after the surgery, he continues to work on the powerloom for his livelihood.

Narayanamurthy, a 73-year-old powerloom weaver, saw his daily wages drop by 20% due to the Covid-19 lockdown. He has no social security benefits either.