Adilabad/Mancherial/Nirmal: Distribution of Bathukamma sarees was formally launched by public representatives and officials in districts, mandals and villages on a colorful note on Monday.
Beneficiaries of the scheme expressed happiness and thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for the new apparel and thus enabling them to celebrate Bathukamma, the festival of colours with pride.
Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna and Adilabad Municipal Chairperson R Maneesh inaugurated the programme in Agriculture Market Yard of the town. Adilabad Member of Parliament G Nagesh handed over sarees to women aged between 18 and 40 at Tembi village in Bazar Hathnoor mandal. Rathod Bapurao attended this event in Boath town.
In Mancherial, MLA N Diwakar Rao and Collector RV Karnan distributed the sarees to eligible women on the premises of Zilla Parishad High School. They later participated in similar events held in Girls High School, Old Mancherial and Gudem village in Dandepalli mandal. The MLA was accompanied by Municipal Chairperson M Vasundhara and local elected representatives.
Government Whip Nalla Odelu attended the programme organised in Mandamarri town. He along with MLC Puranam Satheesh Kumar took part in the distribution conducted in Jaipur mandal centre. Legislator Durgam Chinnaiah also handed over sarees to women from poorer strata in Bellampalli and Thandur mandal centre. Bellampalli municipal chairperson P Sunitha Rani was also present.
Gift for the poor
Endowments and Housing Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy said that the government had given the sarees to economically poor women cutting across religious lines, as a gift for Bathukamma festival. He said that the move helped in improving livelihood of weavers of the State who were reeling under crisis following scanty wages. He was speaking at a programme held at Ellapalli village in Nirmal mandal.
MLAs Ajmeera Rekha Naik distributed sarees to beneficiaries of the scheme in Khanapur. In the meantime, revenue divisional officers and mandal parishad development officers began the programme in towns and mandal headquarters.
Women made beelines to receive the sarees. They expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for distributing the sarees and for cheering them up ahead of the festival. They said that quality of the apparel was better than their expectations. Nearly nine lakh sarees will be supplied to financially disadvantaged women in Adilabad, Mancherial, Nirmal and Kumram Bheem districts from September 18 to 20.
Hundreds throng venues for gifts
Nalgonda: The distribution of Bathukamma sarees to women was kicked off in a big way on Monday across the district. Irrespective of caste and religion, women waited in long queues at the saree distribution venues to get the gift of the government ahead of the festival.
In Nalgonda town, Nalgonda Municipal Chairperson Boddupally Lakshmi Srinivas has formally launched the distribution of Bathukamma sarees at Agricultural Market Yard.
Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmi Srinivas said that the festival of flowers Bathukamma was a unique festival celebrated by women in Telangana. Bathukamma was a festival with a great message to society, she added. The State government had decided to make the festival more cheerful and colorful by supplying sarees to the women, she maintained.
Bhongir MP Boora Narsaiah Goud, Munugode MLA K Prabhakar Reddy and MLC Karne Prabhakar attended the programme organised at Choutuppal in Yadadri-Bhongir district.
Govt celebrates all festivals grandly: Harish
Siddipet/Sangareddy/Medak: Bathukamma saree distribution was launched in Siddipet, Sangareddy and Medak districts here on Monday.
After launching the distribution of sarees in Siddipet, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said that Chief Minster K Chandrashekhar Rao wanted to help every person, irrespective of their religion, celebrate their festivals in a grand way. “We have distributed new clothes to Christians, Muslims on the eve of Christmas and Ramzan festivals respectively,” said the Irrigation Minister.
Deputy Speaker M Padma Devender Reddy and Collector Bharthi Holikare launched the programme of distribution of Bathukamma sarees in Medak, while MLA, Sangareddy, Chintha Prabhakar and Collector Kannan Manickraj distributed the sarees to women marking the beginning of Bathukamma saree distribution in Sangareddy.