Says insurance scheme for weavers will be rolled out within three months
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has declared that after farmers, now the weavers, one of the largest communities in Telangana, will soon make rapid strides in terms of development and play a crucial role in the State’s economy. He said efforts had already begun in this direction and the State is making good progress.
“Enumeration of weavers has been taken up, and measures will be taken for the efficient functioning of weavers’ cooperative societies,” he said, and announced that the proposed insurance scheme for weavers would be rolled out within three months.
The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after welcoming TDP Telangana former president L Ramana and others into the TRS fold at a function at Telangana Bhavan here on Friday. Terming Ramana as a personal friend, he said the former had always worked sincerely for the ideology that he believed in and would get due recognition in the TRS in future. He said with Ramana joining the TRS, the weaver community would get better political representation in the State.
Chandrashekhar Rao appealed to the weavers to give up old methods and come up with new ideas for improving their livelihood. He asked experts as well as community heads to present any novel and concrete ideas to the State government for their implementation. “I will convene a meeting with the community elders and experts soon to discuss necessary measures to be taken in this direction,” he said. He asserted that the State government is not interested in taking up any programmes for the namesake unless they have a visible impact on the targeted community.
The Chief Minister pointed out that the State government is extending support to the weaver community through various welfare and developmental programmes. He said the efforts of the government in the development of textile parks, are yielding results and companies like Kitex Group are coming forward to invest Rs 1,000 crore in the State. He said the government is trying to find a solution to end the confusion over differentiating weavers as handloom and powerloom for effective implementation of its schemes.
The TRS president said heading a new State, the TRS cannot afford to make mistakes; hence, it is implementing various schemes in a selective and focussed manner. “I am aware that though certain efforts were made for the development of the weaver community, a lot more is to be done. We are chalking out the plans and very soon people will witness the results. If there are any minor hurdles, we will rectify them,” he said.
Referring to the sale of one acre of land in Kokapet for Rs 60 crore, Chandrashekhar Rao said the revenue earned through the sale of government lands would be utilised for welfare and developmental activities for the weaker sections. He said the State government is selling unused but valuable lands which are prone to encroachment to avoid litigations and also earn good revenue for the State. He said Telangana is making rapid strides in all areas as predicted by him during the statehood movement.
The Chief Minister said the value of paddy production in the State had increased from Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 51,000 crore since the State formation, making a huge contribution towards GSDP as per the Centre’s estimates. He pointed out that the per capita power utilisation increased from 1,070 units to 2,170 units, the highest in the country. “At this age, I have no desire other than serving people of my State. As long as they support me, no one in the world can change my path for the development of Telangana and meet the aspirations of people,” he declared.
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