Jagityal: Excise Minister T Padma Rao Goud informed that the State government was ready to procure toddy tapping machines as in Kerala. “The State is ready to purchase toddy tapping machines by spending Rs 100 crore if it was acceptable to the community people,” he said.
The Minister, alongwith Legislative Council chairman Swamy Goud planted datepalm trees and palmyra trees in Anthargaon village on Tuesday. He said that to he will enhance the ex-gratia amount to the kin of the deceased toddy tapper to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2 lakh, and will sign a GO file on Wednesday, he said.
“Being a son of the Gouda community, it is my responsibility to protect the interests of the community”, he said.
Talking about pension to the community people, Padma Rao informed that he has instructed the district collector to submit pension papers. He wanted every MLA to allocate Rs 50 lakh from their funds for the welfare of the Gouda community. The land would also be allocated to the community people in the areas where the government land was available.