|Bank account woes of State weavers’ units|
GUWAHATI, April 21 - Lack of bank accounts is posing serious problems for the Weavers’ Extension Service Units (WESUs) of the State Directorate of Handloom and Textile in matters of keeping foolproof records concerning their receipts and expenditure. There are 98 WESUs under the directorate.
According to information available with this newspaper, on an average, at least 50 weavers are working under each of the WESUs. They mainly produce gamosa, mekhela-chadar, handkerchief, towels, bedsheets, etc., in the Brahmaputra Valley. In the Barak Valley, each weaver produces lichen phi, bedsheets, large sized gamosa, etc.
In 1983, each WESU received Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000, on an average, as working capital. These amounts are utilised by the WESUs without there being any bank account, which is required to avoid any untoward development.
Significantly, the working capital gets magnified at the rate of five per cent on sales proceed of the textile items produced by the WESUs.
On top of the above amounts, the State government also provided around Rs 1.5 crore to the WESUs in 2011-2012 fiscal for production of gamosa. This amount was utilised as revolving fund without any bank account.