Jangaon: Minister for Excise and Tourism, V Srinivas Goud, on Sunday said the State government would introduce ‘Neera,’ a sap extracted from various species of toddy palms, soon and asks people to shun ‘Colas and Pepsis’ and patronise ‘Neera’, which is a healthy drink.
The Minister said the State government was taking all steps for the welfare of toddy tappers in the State. He along with Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Errabelli Daykar Rao, unveiled the statue of Sardar Sarvai Pappanna at Edunuthula village of Kodakandla mandal in the district.
Addressing the gathering, Goud said Sardar Papanna, the 17th century king of Quilashapur in the district, had fought against the Moghul emperors and championed the interests of oppressed communities.
“He was a toddy tapper at the beginning, but he grew as a king to face the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb and his troops here,” said Goud. Alleging that the previous governments led by Congress and TDP did nothing for the welfare of the traditional occupations, he said the TRS government was working for the welfare and development of the traditional occupations by introducing different schemes.
Dayakar Rao said the government had distributed Rs 25 lakh worth stumpy palm (locally known as ‘giraka thati chettu’) saplings to toddy tappers. “Taking inspiration from Sardar Saravi Pappanna, TRS founder president K Chandrashekar Rao fought and achieved the Telangana State. The Chief Minister is now working for all-round development of the State and realise the dream of Bangaru Telangana,” he added. Local leaders attended the programme.