'Duty-free silk costs exchequer Rs 160 cr '

Farmers’ representatives Bhaktarahalli Bhyregowda, Mallur Shivanna, Yaluvahalli Sonnegowda and others at a press meet in Chikkaballapur on Wednesday. DH PHOTO

Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, Silk Growers Welfare Association district unit president Mallur Shivanna said the protest will not be withdrawn till the Union government backtracked from its decision.

The massive protest is planned in front of the Central Silk Board office in Bangalore.
Shivanna said a few vested interests had lobbied for the import of the silk on the ground that quality silk was not available in India.

The Union government, buckling under pressure has decided to import 2,500 MT of silk, duty-free. The proposal would impose a huge burden of RS 160 crore on the government apart from affecting the interests of local silk growers. He said a separate committee has been constituted to oppose the import proposal. All attempts will be made to bring the fallouts of the proposal to the Union government.

Lok Sabha member (CPM) Basudev Acharya, former MP C Narayanaswamy and others will take part in the protest.

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