The Weavers in India are not able to earn their daily wages due to the Corona Virus's impact. They are not able to sell their existing stock and aren't receiving new orders to support themselves. Weavers are the next major professional group after the Farmers in India. Lead India LIBERTY Foundation is hosting this WEBINAR to address the weavers' problems nationwide. The expert panelists will present the problems and possible solutions so that the Governments, Civil Societies and NGOs can work together to find long term solutions to address these problems so that the weavers can earn their living respectfully.
Justice V. Eswaraiah served as the Former Chairman of the National Commission on Backward Classes from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Justice of High Court for the combined state of Andhra Pradesh. He is currently serving as the Chairman of Higher Education Regulatory Commission for the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He is also the Founding President of the All India Backward Classes Federation, an umbrella organization of all the BC and OBC organizations in India.
Dr. Hari Eppanapally is a financial services professional, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist with a passion for healthcare, education, and the environment. His mission has been to Transform Youth into Responsible Citizens to establish a peaceful society for harmonious living. He received his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU Hyderabad, a Masters in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and completed an Executive Program in General Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, investor in disruptive technology companies and serves as Chairman of the Board for the CIC Group and Quibble Genomics Institute. He is a visionary, mentor, Founder and Chairman of the Lead India and LIBERTY Foundation, Advisor to Alternate Development Organization in Norway, and the founding board member and vice president of the Financial Policy Council. He serves on the boards of several, for profit and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Hari Eppanapally worked closely with the 11th President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on the Lead India Movement since 2008. He is the founding Chairman of the Lead India Foundation USA. Lead India is the brainchild of Dr. Kalam’s VISION 2020 and founded with a mission to provide affordable quality Healthcare, affordable quality Education, Preserve and protect the planet for future generations and Develop Spiritual Families to establish Peace & Harmony in the society.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar is a member of the Lok Sabha, representing Kurnool constituency of Andhra Pradesh since May 2019 and a member of the YSR Congress Party. In Parliament, he is a member of the Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Committee on Absence of Members from the Sittings of the House, and Consultative Committee, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Prior to entering politics, Dr. Kumar was a medical practitioner and was educated at Kurnool Medical College.
Shri P. Narahari is an IAS officer of 2001 batch and a writer. In his capacity as District Collector, Mr. Narahari was one of India's few civil servants who used social media like Twitter and Facebook to interact with citizens to solve their problems. The Better India recognized Mr. Narahari as the top 10 most inspiring IAS officers in 2017. Mr. Narahari has also written two books. At present he is posted as Secretary & Commissioner of the Department of Public Relations of the Government of Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal.
Shri Dr. VV Lakshminarayana, IPS is a former CBI joint director. He is known for leading the investigations like OMC Scandal, Emaar Properties, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Case, Satyam Scandal and Disproportionate Assets. He took voluntary retirement in 2018 and extensively toured all the 13 Districts of Andhra Pradesh understanding prominent issues especially those of farmers, youth and women.
Dr. NJ Rajaram is working with the Government of Telangana as the CEO of the Textile & Apparel Parks. Prior to this, he served as the Director of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad, for five years. He has over 30 years of work experience in New Product design, Information Technology in design, Quality, Operations, Process & Product Research, Quantitative Techniques & Analytics. He has worked both in Academics (teaching & research) and Business in various capacities. His current research interests are in the areas of application of IT in Retail & Fashion, Business Analytics in retail, Business Process Improvements & Operations in the Handloom and Textiles sector for the Govt. of Telangana
Shrimati Gundu Sudharani was a member of parliament representing Telangana in the Rajya Sabha. During her time in parliament she has worked on the Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas Member and Committee on Papers Laid on the Table. She earned her Masters of Arts Degree at Madurai Kamaraj University and has worked in the government as a part of the Telugu Desam party for over 18 years. With her dedication and drive she has done incredible things for the community she represents.
Shri Rapolu Ananda Bhaskar is an Ex-member of Parliament. He started his career as a journalist before joining politics. In 2012, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh and later allotted to Telangana after the bifurcation. He served as an MP from 2014 through 2018.
Padma Shri Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti is the Chair of Nalli Silks. After his father died, Dr. Chetti inherited Nalli Silks at a young age. Since taking over, he has turned the enterprise into a multi-crore empire spanning showrooms and looms across the region. He is a strong supporter for arts, culture and education. Among his contributions to the weaver community are his involvement with the Tamil Nadu Padmashali Sangam (which he established), the All India Padmashallyula and the All India Padmashali Maha Sabha.
Padma Shri Chintakindi Mallesham is the acclaimed inventor of the Lakshmi Asu machine. The Asu machine has helped reduce the cycle time from around six hours to about ninety minutes. For his contributions, Mr. Mallesham received the Padma Shri award in 2017. Last year, a biopic of his life, titled Mallesham, was released.
Shri G Rama Murthy is the Chairman of Bhavana Rishi Bank. G. Rama Murthy graduated from Karnatak University and decided to further his education and earned degrees in Economics, Political Science and Law. Along with his impressive education he has also had a successful career. He worked for the Andhra Pradesh government for twenty years holding many positions such as the General Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh non-gazetted officers association.Aside from his work in government, G Rama Murthy has also worked as a journalist and a marketing executive partner for the Deccan Chronicle. Currently he works for the Bhavana Rishi Cooperative Urban Banks to explore the financing options available for the government schemes created to uplift the weavers. With his help, effective government programs can be created and implemented for the Weaver’s which will ultimately help improve their quality of life.
Shri Shridhar Sunkarwar is a Retired Chief Food and Health Inspector of the South Central Railway. He has been active in trade union for 31 years and 22 years at the branch level as Chairman and Divisional Secretary of South Central Railway Employees Sangh, Nanded division. Mr. Sunkarwar is presently Vice Chairman of Godavari handloom and Vastra Nirman Sahkari Sanstha, Nanded (Maharashtra) since 2015 and President of ABPS since 9th April 2017. Previously he served as General Secretary of Marathwada Padmashali Sangham from 1997 to 2011. General Secretary of ABPS from June 2008 to April 2015. Vice President of ABPS from 2015 to April 2017.
Shri Anjan Karnati currently serves as President of the North American Padmashali Association. NAPA’s vision and mission is to bring all Padmashalis in North America and across the globe under one umbrella and leverage our collective community strength to provide focused social services to our extended family members and provide a strong united voice for economic and social growth. Aside from his community service work, he is an experienced IT consultant. He currently resides in New Jersey, USA.
Shri Pandu Rangaiah serves as the President of ABPEVS. The aim of the organization is to unite all engineers, including students and professionals, of Padmashali background. The organization serves to uplift the Padmashali community, provide career guidance to upcoming Padmashali engineers, support students in need of financial aid, and recognize accomplished Padmashali engineers.
Shri CH Bhadram is a journalist and serves as the President of the World Environment Organization (WEO). The mission of WEO is to Stop climate change, Create a climate neutral, ecological and environmentally conscious world, Conclude agreements with governments what concerns climate change and environmental policy, Defend our oceans, Protect ancient forest, Eliminate toxic chemicals, End the age of fossil fuels and nuclear power plants.
Shri A Vinay Kumar is the President of the Hyderabad Chapter of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The BJYM serves as the youth chapter of the Bharatiya Janata party. The goal of this group is to educate and engage the youth to fight against the issues that affect their community. They have protested and worked against issues such as the high rates of inflation in India and the prioritization of multinational corporations over local businesses in India. They want to help lower unemployment rates and solve many other issues such as this.