Hyderabad: Women MPs, part of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT that visited Hyderabad last week, are going gaga over the Pochampally sarees gifted to them. “Indian Handlooms rock – wearing the most beautiful Pochampally cotton saree from Telangana gifted to me by Telangana IT and Handlooms Minister KT Rama Rao,” Trinamool Congress MP and a member of the Committee Mahua Moitra tweeted on Tuesday, with a picture of her wearing the Pochampally saree.
Quick to respond, Rama Rao tweeted: “Thanks Mahua Moitraji for promoting Telangana’s Pochampally handlooms. Glad you liked our gift.” The gift hamper presented by the Minister to the group of 25 visiting MPs included the famed Karachi biscuits, with Pochampally shawls replacing sarees for men. It also included a Karimnagar Filigree silver Kakatiya Thoranam (replica of Kakatiya dynasty arch) that was much appreciated by the MPs.
Led by Congress MP and committee chairman Shashi Tharoor, the MPs visited T-Hub and State Data Centre. Rama Rao, as is well known, leaves no opportunity in promoting Telangana handicrafts and handlooms, especially at national and international programmes.
For the Parliamentary Standing Committee’s visit, the Minister had specifically instructed the officials to present a gift hamper containing Telangana handicrafts and handlooms. The Minister had, on earlier occasions, given gifts of Cheriyal painting, Pemburthy brass item or Pochampally shawls to delegates visiting the city or when he goes aboard. For Ambassadors, he prefers to present a coffee table book on Hyderabad and Telangana, which depicts its rich history and culture, besides the gift hamper of handicrafts and handlooms, officials said.
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