Hyderabad: Giving a true example of Telangana government’s response and efficiency during a nationwide crisis, help was extended to a group of six cloth merchants from Tamil Nadu who were stranded in Balkonda of Nizamabad district without proper food or shelter. Interestingly, the merchants received help in less than 150 minutes after their issue was taken to the notice of IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.
The merchants’ group hailing from Theni district in Tamil Nadu have been selling clothes on the streets of rural areas in Balkonda Assembly constituency of Nizamabad. They purchase clothes from Bhiwandi and sell them in villages near Balakonda. “We have been doing business in Nizamabad for the past 12 to 13 years, but never felt so helpless. We visit our families once in two months and return to Balkonda for business,” K Thiruppathi, one of the traders, told Telangana Today.
The traders visited their hometown about 20 days ago and returned to work. However, they were unable to sell their clothes for the past 10 days due to lockdown. With no income, the traders wanted to return to their hometown.
The families of the traders reached out to DMK president MK Stalin who took up the issue with Rama Rao over Twitter. While Stalin referred the issue to Rama Rao at around 10.14 am on Tuesday, the latter responded by 10.21 am following which help was arranged and the same was informed to Stalin by 12.47 pm. It took less than 150 minutes for the government to reach out to the stranded merchants and help them.
“All of them have been taken care of. The local officials distributed 12 kg rice and Rs 500 each to six members,” Rama Rao tweeted in response to Stalin’s request.
Meanwhile, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan is also said to have interacted with the merchants who in turn informed her that they had a four-wheeler and sought a vehicle pass to reach their hometown. “She promised all help to us. However, the State government reached us and provided necessary supplies for next two weeks,” Thiruppathi said.
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