Government assures speedy rehab of Gudumba makers
Excise Minister T Padma Rao on Friday said that government would constitute a committee, headed by the District Collector and consists of an MLA and IAS officers as members to rehabilitate the gudumba makers of Dhoolpet area.
Hyderabad: Excise Minister T Padma Rao on Friday said that government would constitute a committee, headed by the District Collector and consists of an MLA and IAS officers as members to rehabilitate the gudumba makers of Dhoolpet area.
The Minister was replying to a question raised by MLA G Balaraju and others on curbing cheap liquor during Question Hour in the Assembly.
When Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh raised the issue of rehabilitation of gudumba makers in Dhoolpet, Padma Rao said that as soon as the Assembly session was over, a committee would be formed under the District Collector and asked the MLA to be a member in the committee for evolving ways and means to rehabilitate gudumba makers.
The Minister said that though a special package of Rs 5 crore was given by the government earlier, only Rs 1.5 crore was spent. The money was given to those families who had cases against, said the Minister adding that the government was ready to spend Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore for their rehabilitation.
The Minister said, so far 70 cases were registered under PD Act in the state and awareness campaign was also taken up on leaving out gudumba. He said that as part of rehabilitation, 6,880 families from across the State were given Rs 1 lakh each.
The rehabilitation would soon begin in Hyderabad, Warangal and Ranga Reddy districts. He said, financial assistance was extended to 600 families in Mahbubnagar district and 358 families in Warangal district.
Earlier, Raja Singh said that Dhoolpet residents were ready to come out of gudumba business, but they wanted a proper rehabilitation. He said that they have no business other than making kites and idols, and they depended on it since the Nizam era.
He wanted the government to start small-scale industries in the locality to provide employment to people involved in gudumba-making business.