Hyderabad: Considering human resource as the greatest asset of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao decided to give a major boost to caste-based professions by allocating huge funds in the budget, TRS legislator Konda Surekha said.
Introducing the resolution on ‘Strengthening of Rural Economy – Caste-based Professions’ at the party’s 16th plenary session here on Friday, she said rural professions were completely neglected during the undivided Andhra Pradesh rule, but now, KCR was committed to the uplift of these professions using novel initiatives. Elaborating on the rural-centric schemes, Surekha said sheep-rearing, pisciculture, Mission Kakatiya, modernization of powerlooms, modernization of hair saloons and dhobi ghats would bring about a massive change in the rural economy.
“The government has sanctioned modernisation of 25,000 saloon units in the State with 100 per cent subsidy of Rs one lakh,” Surekha said, adding that many States were keen to replicate programmes introduced in Telangana State. “It shows the commitment of the Chief Minister,” she said.
Supporting the resolution, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) chairman Somarapu Satyanarayana said due to wide-spread mechanization and spurt in capitalist economy, rural based professions had lost their relevance. The government is not only distributing sheep to the community but was also taking care of its growth and marketing facilities, he said. “In all, 100 mobile veternary vans have also been sanctioned to take care of 84 lakh sheep,” Satayanaraya said.