Kothapally Thanda (Medak): A 75-year-old Lambada woman, Pathalavath Rukkamma, was seen trudging towards her village holding the saree distributed by Telangana government in one hand and walking stick on the other hand.
Though she could not even walk without the support of the stick, Rukkamma walked about 1 kilometre along with her daughter-in-law to collect her Bathukamma gift at Kothapally village.
Kothapally Thanda, located in Narsapur forest area of Medak district, is a hamlet under Kothapally Gram Panchyat.
All the women from this village received new saris on Monday since all of them were living below poverty line.
Speaking to Telangana Today, the visibly happy Rukkamma said that no previous government had presented them a saree on the eve of Bathukama festival.
Hailing Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for taking the decision to distribute new saris to over one crore women across Telangana on the eve of the festival of flowers, the Lambada woman said that not many of them were in a state to buy a new saree for every festival since most of them were eking out livelihood by cultivating a couple of acres of land or by rearing cattle.
When asked about the criticism on the saree distribution from some quarters, Rukkamma’s sister Chandamma (70) observed that people who had done more than the current government for women of Telangana would have the right to question. Chandamma further said that the Chief Minister had increased the pension to Rs 1,000, Rs 75,000 under Kalyanalakshmi scheme besides giving many other benefits for them.
Some rich people might not have loved the sarees, Rukkamma’s daughter-in-law Bujji said and added that they were happy with the sarees. The tribal women also discussed about the new saris they had got and compared the colour and design of the saris.