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But, here the question is the economic vulnerability of weavers, who have been facing hardship for years due to one reason or the other. The economic survey (2009-10) claimed that human development index (HDI) of India was improving gradually but weavers and their children in Varanasi continued to die either by committing suicide or succumbing to malnutrition. A report on suicide and malnutrition among weavers in Varanasi was prepared by the Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) in collaboration with ActionAid, an international anti-poverty agency. It claimed about 175 weavers have fallen prey to financial hardships since 2002. "After the slump in saree industry, the weavers have been facing acute hardships," said Lenin Raghuvanshi of PVCHR.

http://m.timesofindia.com/city/varanasi/Weavers-remain-economically-weak-Survey/articleshow/20039346.cms
VARANASI: The recent death of two children in Bajardiha locality exposed the plight of weavers engaged in the famous Banarasi Sari industry. In 2008, five children had died due to acute malnutrition in Dhannipur village in Lohata area.

Though the medical report describes it as death due to tuberculosis, the health officials admit that the tuberculosis is directly related to poverty. "Tuberculosis and poverty are two sides of the same coin," chief medical officer MP Chaurasia said. "The abject poverty of the people and pathetic living condition in the locality really moved us," the CMO added. Medically, the children died of tuberculosis but the family's financial condition could not be overlooked.

The two children of a family Murtaza (4) and Samina Parveen (14), brother and sister, died on May 9 in Bajardiha, a Muslim dominated locality mostly engaged in weaving. The team of health department made visits to the locality after the death to take first hand account. "The other members of the family are also suffering from tuberculosis. We are trying to convince them to get admitted at the hospital," said the CMO. The administrative officials also visited the locality and met the family. They assured the family members for financial help and other benefits through different schemes. Some political leaders and social activists also met the family members.

But, here the question is the economic vulnerability of weavers, who have been facing hardship for years due to one reason or the other. The economic survey (2009-10) claimed that human development index (HDI) of India was improving gradually but weavers and their children in Varanasi continued to die either by committing suicide or succumbing to malnutrition. A report on suicide and malnutrition among weavers in Varanasi was prepared by the Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) in collaboration with ActionAid, an international anti-poverty agency. It claimed about 175 weavers have fallen prey to financial hardships since 2002. "After the slump in saree industry, the weavers have been facing acute hardships," said Lenin Raghuvanshi of PVCHR.

The report of the economic survey states that the ultimate objective of development planning is human development or increased social welfare and well-being of people, because a healthy and educated population leads to increased productivity which, in turn, can contribute effectively to output growth. However, the fruits of growth need to be shared equitably among all sections of society. Especially, it needs to be ensured that the weaker and disadvantaged sections are not left out of the benefits of growth. The inclusive growth strategy being pursued in the 11th plan has this very objective as it aims to ensure that higher growth of the economy helps overcome the problems of chronic poverty, ignorance and disease.

Lenin said that the health problems, malnutrition and poverty have spread throughout the weaver community. The report estimates that over 50 per cent of weavers' children are malnourished. There is a high prevalence of tuberculosis, particularly multi-drug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The PVCHR and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had also conducted a study and consultation on tuberculosis cases in the weaver community in Lohata area.
 
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