Following the anger over making Aadhaar mandatory for availing sale offers to purchase Mysore silk sarees, Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC) triggered a protest as it called-off the sale at the last minute. As optimistic customers made their way to KSIC showrooms, rushing through chores and traffic, officials at the outlet told them that the Independence Day sale had been cancelled.
Disappointed, people staged a protest outside the KSIC showroom on Wednesday, The New Indian Express reported. According to the report, the sale was postponed due to Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election.
The state Tourism and Sericulture Minister Sa Ra Mahesh had earlier announced that Mysore silk sarees would be sold at discounted rates on Independence day, followed by another sale on Varamahalakshmi (August 24). The sale will reportedly now only be held on Varamahalakshmi, selling sarees worth Rs 5,000 at a discounted rate of Rs 4,000 to Aadhaar card-carrying customers.
Customers had reportedly also been issued tokens, which would enable them to avail the offer on a notified day. Speaking to TNIE, a customer said, “I was a bit late in reaching the shop so I requested for the token at least. But they said the time for issuing token was also over. I have come from Magadi. Who postponed the offer, and who decided the time for issuing the token, I don’t know…but how can the government cheat people like this? Will the people believe them again?”
“We have been waiting to buy the sarees from the last two months after we read about the offer in a newspaper. I spent Rs 400 on a cab to reach here. It takes more than an hour to reach here, so I finished all my chores early and reached here for the purchase, only to know that the offer is postponed. How can the government do this? Are they making a fool out of us?”, said another.