Telangana extends helping hand to families quitting illicit liquor trade

The government had identified as many as 8,000 people who were selling ID liquor in the State.

By Author  |  Published: 30th Jan 2018  12:01 am
Autos which were distributed to gudumba brewers who left the profession, as part of the rehabilitation programme on Monday.

Hyderabad: Prohibition and Excise Minister T Padma Rao on Monday said an industry would be established in Dhoolpet at a cost of over Rs 50 crore to help families that shunned manufacturing of illicitly distilled (ID) liquor.

Speaking after handing over auto-rickshaws and trolleys to those who gave up selling ID liquor at a programme organised at People’s Plaza on Necklace Road here, Rao said the State government had already spent over Rs 15 crore for rehabilitation of families that were involved in the manufacturing of ID liquor.

“We will expedite the process of setting up the industry after discussing the issue with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said. He added the State government was committed for the uplift of the families that were staying away from the ID liquor business.

The Minister said the government was providing auto-rickshaws and trolleys, each costing over Rs 2 lakh, at 100 per cent subsidy. The government had identified as many as 8,000 people who were selling ID liquor in the State.

Of them, alternative employment was provided to 6,066 people, Rao said advising beneficiaries to utilise the facility and lead a normal life instead of selling ID liquor. Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy also spoke.