Hyderabad: Minister for Excise and Prohibition on Tuesday T Padma Rao assured a special package for the rehabilitation of gudumba makers in Dhoolpet in Hyderabad.
During a short discussion on gudumba menace and rehabilitation of victims, he said the government would consider if an industry can be set up at five-acre vacant land available in the area to provide alternative employment to those indulging in gudumba making .
“Let us all meet Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao after the session for making a representation to provide an alternative source of employment so as to wean them away from gudumba preparation”, he said.
“We can also explore the scope for promoting handicrafts units in the land giving employment to a large number of people,” he said adding that rehabilitation package would not be restricted to only those arrested in connection with gudumba cases.
Scope for providing jobs as part of the package would also be looked into as was in the previous regimes. He also assured members in the House that the package would cover those facing bind-over cases and keen on distancing themselves from the profession.
At the same time, the government would continue to deal the menace with an iron hand and there was no question of permitting liquor shops near temples and educational institutions unless they were permitted by the law.
TRS member G Sunitha thanked the government for shouldering the task of eradicating the menace, which had a crippling effect on the finances and health of the families from the small income group in the villages.
MIM member Kausar Mohiuddin lauded the efforts being made by the government to address the problem. He wanted stringent measures to check drug menace in the city.
BJP staged a walkout from the House before it was adjourned for the day demanding a closure of belt shops.
Members Kishan Reddy, K Lakshman, Raja Singh, Shankar Naik, R Krishnaiah and Sunnam Rajaiah were among those spoke.