Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao emphasised the need for a multi-pronged strategy for overall development of the Padmashali community, who are dependent on weaving profession for livelihood, through combined efforts of the State government and the Padmashali Welfare Association.
He announced allotment of 2.5 acre land and Rs 5 crore for construction of Padmashali Bhavan in Hyderabad, besides contributing Rs 50 lakh as donation on behalf of TRS party towards Padmashali Welfare Fund. He also gave a call to the leaders of the Padmashali community to donate liberally to the welfare fund.
The Chief Minister spoke to the representatives of Padmashali community led by Sangareddy MLA Chinta Prabhakar who met him at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday. He held a detailed discussion on the issues and problems faced by the community besides the ways and means to counter them.
Speaking on the occasion, Chandrashekhar Rao observed that the State government was already providing necessary encouragement and incentives to those who continue to work in the weaving profession, besides showing alternate employment opportunities to those who left the profession. He stressed on the need for the weavers to keep up with the social changes and advised the Padmashalis to make optimum use of the funds and find permanent solutions to their issues.
Elaborating on the measures being taken by the State government for weavers’ welfare to make it profitable, the Chief Minister said the State government was buying clothes from handloom and powerloom weavers. “Sarees and other clothes which are being distributed during Bathukamma, Ramzan and Christmas festivals are procured from the handloom and powerloom weavers in the State, helping with their marketing problems,” he said.
While powerlooms were modernised with 100 per cent subsidy from the government, wool and chemicals are provided on 50 per cent subsidy which provide great relief to weavers. Powerloom weavers are getting a monthly income of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 which again gives relief to them some extent.
Telangana Mahila Finance cooperative Society President Gundu Sudha Rani, Telangana Padmashali Sangam President Goshaka Yadagiri, Working President Madyam Babu Rao, General Secretary Gaddam Venkateshwarlu, Treasurer Ankam Venkateshwarlu, APCO former chairman Mandala Sri Ramulu, Warangal former ZP chairman Sambari Samma Rao, NRI representative Samala Pradeep, and others participated.