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Excise rehabilitation beneficiaries complain of defective units

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To wean people away from illicit distillation of arrack, the State Government has sanctioned self-employment units, each worth Rs 2 lakh, to...

Kothagudem: To wean people away from illicit distillation of arrack, the State Government has sanctioned self-employment units, each worth Rs 2 lakh, to beneficiaries, who have gone to jail in excise violation cases from January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

A committee, headed by District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu, with excise, revenue and police department personnel as members identified beneficiaries.

The committee sanctioned 272 units in 23 mandals of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district. The units grounded include buffalo units, sheep units, provisional stores, tent house, shoe mart and readymade garments shop and so on. 90 per cent of them constitute dairy units.

Some of the beneficiaries allege that the officials washed off their hands by giving them substandard buffaloes and goats and complained of the animals not yielding milk. In some cases, sheep and goat perished. A beneficiary Annapurna belonging to Aswaraopeta, said that the milk yield from buffaloes was not up to the mark. When questioned about the quality, the officials turning a deaf ear to their pleas.

Aswaraopeta Veterinary doctor Dr SK Jani said that the milk yield will depend upon the feed given to buffaloes. Barring the lone incident of death of a buffalo at Narayanapeta, the animals given to beneficiaries are okay, he added.

Excise Superintendent C Narasimha Reddy said 272 units were sanctioned and there were no reports of irregularities. There is chance for sanctioning 1000 units, provided the district is made free from illicit distillation of arrack, he added. The self-employment units were purchased by a committee comprising MPDO and excise officials’ team. They said that their responsibility would end once the units were purchased.

By: PV Satyanarayana

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