TN pottery workers association district president NC Venkatachalam appealed to the government to grant rainy season allowance of Rs 5000 to the potters in the state.
He said the aid was given during March- April period every year since 2013 to 12500 workers in the state including 303 in the district. But this year it was not yet given.
Of the recipients 8 died in the district so that the aid can be given to other workers who did not get it, he pleaded.
He said though the government promised to give motorised wheel every year to produce pottery goods the Khadi Board offered it to 150 workers in the district 5 years back and at that time also 45 workers who were in the list, were not given the benefit.
So, he pleaded to give such kit every year to all workers.
He said following excess desilting work initiated in all water courses in the state during previous rule the potters suffer without getting adequate clay to make pottery goods.
Besides, rigid norms were laid in taking clay. So, the government should relax the norms and help potters’ livelihood.
The potters should also be allowed to sell their goods in the Uzhavar Sandhais to get some income as at present people are keen to buy pottery goods.
He said last year many potters produced Vinayaka idols but due to corona curfew norms the sales were not allowed.
As the Chathurthi festival falls on September 10, and curfew norms were relaxed much,the workers sought permission to sell idols.
He thanked the CM for hiking pension under all unorganized welfare boards from Rs 1000 to Rs 1500.
But other benefits like natural death, accidental death, marriage, pregnancy, educational aid etc were not hiked for many years. He wanted steps to hike such benefits also.