Cheewara manufacturing using handloom machines
A Cheewara (woven robe for monks) manufacturing using handloom machines by the local communities for annual Katina Pinkama was inaugurated recently at the Textile Training Centre in Rambukkana.
The occasion was attended by State Minister of Company Estate Reforms, Tea and Rubber Estates Related Crops Cultivation, and Factories Modernisation and Tea and Rubber Export Promotion, Kanaka Herath with the blessings of the Maha Sangha. Cheewara manufacturing would be facilitated by the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Industrial Development Board. State Minister Herath stated that he will take necessary measures to establish an apparel industry in the rural areas.
It is also expected to conduct several programmes in the future, to uplift the local industries islandwide with the Support of Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, fielding a question regarding the teachers’ and principals trade union action, Herath noted that amid the pandemic, selected schools will reopen on 21 October.
“Students have lost a year of education due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we can’t blame children or anyone for that. We request the trade unions to allow opening of schools on the said date. In addition, some teachers have complained that they have been facing threats during the trade union action. If such threats would continue even after reopening the schools, necessary legal action will be taken against those who are responsible for that,” Herath said. (ER)