Nirmal/Adilabad: Minister for Forest and Environment, Endowments and Housing Allola Indrakaran Reddy said the government was committed to the growth of tribals in the State.
“The government has been giving paramount importance to create small and medium scale industries to provide livelihood to the ethnic tribes,” the Minister said after formally inaugurated a soap manufacturing unit at Nirmal on Monday.
Indrakaran Reddy said the creation of industries was benefitting tribals, and the government was aiming at creating livelihood for ST women by following an action plan. The Telangana State Girijan Cooperative Corporation (TSGCC) was striving hard to help the tribals achieve financial empowerment, he said.
“Steps are being taken to encourage tribals to set up processing units and to manage them, besides procuring minor forest products through the corporation. Similarly, measures were taken for ensuring that the tribals get the income by way of marketing the products. The objective of the efforts is to financially grow the tribals,” he stated.
The Minister was all praise for GCC for playing a vital role in converting the tribals into entrepreneurs. He said that the corporation was leaving its mark in manufacturing honey, natural soaps, shampoos and hand sanitisers. He then inspected a honey processing unit of the corporation and found out about its performance.
Tribal Welfare Department’s Commissioner Dr Christina Z Chongthu, Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA)-Utnoor Bhavesh Mishra, Additional Collector Hemnat Bhorkhade, in-charge District Revenue Officer Rathod Ramesh, municipal chairperson Gandrath Eshwar, former DCCB chairman Ramkishan Reddy and many others were present.
Hands over units to beneficiaries
In another programme, Indrakaran Reddy handed over jeeps, cars, mills and tent house material to 104 beneficiaries of loans granted by ST Corporation in Utnoor mandal centre. He then inaugurated a fuel station, Girijan Bhavan and sanitary napkin manufacturing unit. He said that the government was providing self-employment opportunities through ITDAs. The value of units was Rs 7.12 crore.
ZP chairperson Rathod Janardhan, legislators A Rekha Naik and Rathod Bapu Rao, Collector Sikta Patnaik and authorities of ITDA-Utnoor attended the event.
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