Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said the rural economy in Telangana was dependent on caste-based professions pursued by the Backward Classes who are involved in manufacturing and service sectors in rural areas which in turn are intertwined with the progress of agriculture.
The Chief Minister observed that unlike in North India, BCs in Telangana pursue caste-based professions. “Hence, the State government initiated different programmes to support them. As the first step, the government restored village tanks under Mission Kakatiya scheme which in turn improved irrigation and affiliated occupations. Thus, the government breathed new lease of life into the caste-based professions and made Telangana an ideal State for these professions in the country,” he said.
Chandrashekhar Rao pointed out that sheep distribution for Golla, Kuruma and Yadava communities as well as fish cultivation in village tanks and reservoirs for Gangaputra, Mudiraj and other fishermen communities were yielding good results and empowering these communities.
The fish population had increased significantly after construction of projects like Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme which in turn filled several water bodies including village tanks. As a result, every village tank in the State had become fish breeding centres, he added.
“Under these circumstances, measures should be taken to export these fish to other cities and towns which do not have access to sea shores,” he said, adding that fish cultivation in village tanks will be under the supervision of the Fisheries Department. He directed the officials to take steps to provide membership to eligible youth who were aged above 18 years in fishermen cooperative societies.
The Chief Minister recalled that the weavers’ community, which was the largest employment provider in the State after agriculture sector, was in doldrums in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. But after State formation, the Telangana government took measures for revival of handlooms and powerloom industries. Similarly, other communities like toddy tappers, Nayi Brahmin (barbers), Rajaka (washermen) too were given the much-needed push through various schemes.
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