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Terracotta crafts centre to come up in Palamaner, says Minister

Terracotta crafts centre to come up in Palamaner, says Minister
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Terracotta crafts common facility centre, a first of its kind in the state, would come up at Palamaner with an outlay of Rs 2 crore. According to Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy, the government was committed to encourage the rural artisans and handicrafts in a big way in the state.

Chittoor: Terracotta crafts common facility centre, a first of its kind in the state, would come up at Palamaner with an outlay of Rs 2 crore. According to Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy, the government was committed to encourage the rural artisans and handicrafts in a big way in the state.

Says the state is committed to encourage rural artisans and handicrafts in a big way

The Minister laid foundation stone for terracotta crafts common facility centre at Palamaner on Sunday in which the local TDP leaders and the leaders of Terracotta Crafts Artisans’ Association have taken part. Speaking on the occasion, Minister N Amarnath Reddy declared that Palamaner terracotta crafts have won national fame and the art lovers used to purchase the terracotta pottery in an impressive manner.

“There are 100 families belonging to Kummara caste used to depend on the terracotta crafts business. As there is no encouragement from the local authorities, these families are forced to quit the profession of making terracotta crafts. At this juncture, after ascertaining the living conditions of these artisans, the government has decided to construct a common facility centre at Palamaner to sell their articles,” he added.

He said most of terracotta crafts like vessels, pots, elephants, horses and pottery were being sold on the National Highways by these communities. He assured that banks would come forward to sanction loans for these families to continue their tradition and heritage in a full swing.

The Minister made it clear that Palamaner would be hub of terracotta crafts in near future. Palamaner Terracotta Crafts Makers Association chief Nagaraj explained the difficulties being faced by them to get the raw material for making terracotta pottery.

He decried that bankers never sanctioned a single loan for them despite submitting several pleas for due financial support. Referring to agricultural prospects in Palamaner Assembly constituency, the Minister said instructions were given to the agricultural department to take effective steps for safe guarding the kharif sowing.

He said rain guns would be supplied to farmers to save their crops while drip and sprinklers would be made available to them at their fields. He exuded confidence the farmers would opt for alternative crops instead of traditional crops. The Minister then participated at various programmes and left to Tirupati. Senior TDP leaders Bose, mandal officers and others accompanied the minister.

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