Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao said that the traditional trade in Telangana is totally dependent on hereditary professions and artisans. Since BC communities are managing the hereditary trades and traditional professions, the Telangana state government had made plans to support and help the BCs in all the sectors and an action plan is being implemented. As part of this, the welfare and development programmes launched by the government for the BCs have become a role model in the country and they are brightening the lives of BCs in Telangana State, the CM said.
The continuous efforts put in by the Telangana state government to put back on track the hereditary professions which were totally destroyed under the united AP rule, the rural economy is getting stronger and there is a qualitative change of life among the artisans. He said the government would offer more support to the hereditary professions, which are an integral part of the rural economy.
On Tuesday at Pragathi Bhavan, CM Sri KCR held a high-level review meeting on the development of BC communities of hereditary professions, the second phase of the Sheep distribution Scheme. In the BC communities development review meeting, Ministers Sri T Harish Rao, Sri T Srinivas Yadav, Principal secretary to CM Sri S Narsing Rao, CM Secretaries Ms. Smita Sabharwal, Sri Bhoopal Reddy, Sri Rajasekhar Reddy, Principal Secretary (Finance) Sri Ramakrishna Rao and others participated.
Second Phase of Sheep distribution programme
The CM has instructed Minister Sri Srinivas Yadav and officials concerned to organize the second phase of the Sheep distribution programme immediately. He said that since the first phase programme, which was organized at a cost of Rs 5000 Crore, has yielded good results and for the second phase of the programme, Rs 6000 will be allocated. The CM has instructed the Finance Department to keep the funds ready for the programme. With both the Phases put together, the total money allocated for the programme for the distribution of Sheep for the Golla Kuruma community is Rs 11000 Crore. The CM also instructed that the present Sheep Units number should be continued in the second phase too and increase the unit price (20+1). He said in the first phase 3.74 Lakh Sheep Units were distributed and in the second phase, 3.5 Lakh Sheep at the rate of 20 Sheep and one Ram per Unit would be distributed. In tune with the rise in prices, the CM has decided to increase the Sheep unit price to Rs 1,75,000. The CM instructed that this price should be implemented to the 14,000 eligible candidates who paid their DDs already.
The CM said that the sheep distribution schemes for the Golla Kurumas and Yadavs, fish distribution programme for the Mudiraj Community development have registered wonderful results so far. The CM said the Telangana state had surpassed Rajasthan and became number one in sheep population in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said,” Under the united AP rule, agriculture in Telangana was destroyed. They have also neglected and destroyed the allied hereditary professions. Then the rural Telangana was totally collapsed. The then rulers could never understand the specialty and diversity of the trades of artisans. They have no awareness either. The hereditary professions’ life is intertwined with the BC communities who have excellent trade skills. He said that the State has registered development in the Diary Sector and becoming top in the country. For the Diary farmers, the government is giving subsidies and extending support in several ways. The state-run Vijaya Diary and the Karimnagar Dairy milk-producing institutions are working efficiently.
Helping hand to Handloom workers
“After agriculture, the handloom sector is the largest among the hereditary professions. The Padmashali community, which was given respect on par with the Brahmins in the past, became a victim of starvation and suicide deaths under the united AP rule.
The Handloom sector, which was driven to the deathbed by the indifferent attitude of the united AP rulers, is coming back to normalcy with the state government’s dedication and administrative skills of minister KTR. The Handloom sector is getting back on the rails now. The CM instructed the officials to take strong measures for the action plan to implement the Bhima Scheme for the handloom workers like the Rythu Bandhu.
The CM said the government is taking several measures for the development of Bestha, Gangaputra and Mudiraj communities who are into the fish culture. He said the fish wealth is growing day by day and is being extended in the state. He said due to the construction of Kaleswaram and other projects, reservoirs are filled with water and tanks and lakes are brimming with water. The Kaleswaram Project and others were all with live water and water is available continuously in the Krishna Basin. They instructed the officials to utilize the storage water of Mission Bhagiratha intake wells and every opportunity where the water is stored for the fishy culture.
He said that the state government’s free distribution of fish lets scheme is yielding good results. In every village in tanks, fish wealth is developed. The import of fish from other states has been reduced compared to the situation in past. The CM instructed that measures should be taken to export fish from the state to other towns and cities, which are located far from the sea. He wanted the latest technology to be used for the fish culture and quality fish lets should be used. He said the fish culture programme would be under the state Fisheries department. He instructed that in the Fishermen societies, all the eligible youth above the age of 18 years should be given an opportunity.
Fruits of development of other communities
The CM said that all the communities which are dependent on agriculture such as Munnuru Kapu, Carpenters, Potterers and Blacksmiths, Gouds who are dependent on Toddy tapping, Nayi Brahmins, Washermen were also given innovative schemes and programmes for their development. The government is enabling them to walk on the road to progress and development,” the CM said.