Karimnagar: Excise Minister V Srinivas Goud on Friday said there was not a single-family in the State that has not benefitted from one or the other welfare programme implemented by the State government.
Srinivas Goud along with other Ministers Gangula Kamalakar, and Koppula Eashwar participated in the toddy tappers meeting held in Huzurabad town on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister made it clear that without castes, there was no existence for the people in rural areas. Gouds are the only community that is always associated with people of all castes without practicing untouchability.
People would strongly believe the toddy as a ‘prasadam’ to be offered to the god. Unfortunately, such practices were tried to damage in united Andhra Pradesh. There was no respect for caste artisans in AP.
However, respect for castes has been enhanced after the formation of Telangana State. About Rs 300 crore worth land was allocated to each caste in Kokapet of Hyderabad.
Earlier, the government used to pay compensation to the owner if a coconut tree fell in AP. Whereas, there was no such practice of providing compensation to toddy tappers if a tapper died after falling from a toddy tree.
Only Gouda community people would engage in the toddy tapping profession. There were a lot of benefits to the consumption of toddy. Besides curing cancer, stones formed in kidneys would also be cleared, he said.
Commenting on opposition parties, the minister alleged that not a single welfare scheme, which is being implemented in Telangana state, has been implemented in BJP and Congress-ruled States.
Telangana has reached the number one position after the formation of a separate State, he said and appealed to the people to support the State government as well as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
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