Karimnagar: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, moved by the plight of Sircilla weavers during the Statehood movement, had decided then itself to find a permanent solution to put an end to their woes and came up with several schemes for the welfare of the community after State formation, BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar said on Tuesday.
Recalling the prevailing situation then, the Minister said starvation deaths and suicides were routine among weavers. Moved by their plight, Chandrashekhar Rao collected Rs 50 lakh and donated the amount to the weavers during the Statehood movement, he said.
The State government, he said, allotted one-acre land for the construction of Padmashali Bhavan in Huzurabad, besides sanctioning Rs one crore for construction of the building. The Minister along with L Ramana handed over land documents to the Padmashali community people at a programme held in Huzurabad town.
Besides supplying quality power, modern looms were also supplied to the community people. Every year, Bathukamma sarees and RVM uniform orders have also been placed to provide employment to weavers.
Speaking about Huzurabad Assembly constituency, he said while Karimnagar, Sircilla and Siddipet were developing on a fast track mode, Huzurabad remained backward. Though former Minister and now BJP leader Eatala Rajender had close proximity with the Chief Minister, he failed to develop the constituency.
When informed about the situation, Chandrashekhar Rao immediately sanctioned Rs 50 crore to take up various developmental works. Moreover, the Chief Minister was regularly monitoring the progress of works, he said.
Rajender, who failed to develop the constituency during the last 20 years, was again trying to cheat the people in the name of padayatra, he said and asked the people to grill the BJP leader’s failure in developing the segment.
Despite local community people’s request for the sanction of Padmashali Bhavan, Rajender neglected the issue. However, the Chief Minister has allocated one acre land besides Rs 1 crore for the construction of the Bhavan.