Telangana CM to revive the rural economy

Written by | February 3, 2017 | 0

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen to revive the rural economy. According to sources, the Chief Minister has entrusted the responsibility to come with an action plan for various communities to Finance Minister E.Rajender and Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav to suggest the measures that need to be taken to revive rural economy and help artisans to adopt to modern technology.

Since there is huge potential for export of meat and wool, special focus is being laid on sheep rearing. It may be mentioned here that Mahbubnagar has sheep which can give a special variety of wool. The government wants to identify this breed of sheep and see that their rearing is also taken up on a large scale.

Similarly, the government wants to come up with various developmental programmes for other communities like Nayee Brahmins, potters, Padmashalis and others. For Nayee Brahmins it wants to facilitate them to set up a modern salon by providing a loan of Rs 1 lakh.

Similarly in case of Padmashalis, it wants to ensure that the trade is made profitable so that community reverts back to the trade. It wants to seek expert opinion to introduce new designs to help the potters to come up with new products. It l also proposes to come up with a marketing strategy so that they get a platform to sell their produce at competitive prices.

Top sources told The Hans India that the government has identified 7 lakh families which if encouraged can adopt sheep rearing. The Chief Minister will be holding a meeting with sheep farmers at Pragathi Bhavan most probably before the commencement of budget session.

The Chief Minister will address about 1,500 representatives of various societies and will make a presentation on sheep rearing methods highlighting the benefits of sheep rearing. Before that officials will be visiting each village where the castes Golla, Kumar, Yadava and Kurmi dominate in this endeavour and form new societies.

Given the fact that Hyderabad is one of the biggest markets in India for sheeps, where animals not only from Telangana’s country side but from other States, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are brought, the government believes that sheep rearing will prove to be lucrative business. “Our sheep prices are on par with international price, hence selling in domestic market would generate huge revenue,” added the official.

The State government has decided to seek Rs 1,400 crore loan from the Central National Cooperative Development Corporation in next financial year (2017-18). Each of the beneficiaries would be able to avail unit cost of Rs 1.4 lakh, which would include 60 percent loan, 20 percent subsidy and 20 percent beneficiary contribution.

Filed in: Hyderabad

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