Telangana govt to distribute 1.02 cr Bathukamma sarees  to women of BPL families

Textiles & Handlooms Minister KT Rama Rao says the sarees were produced using 26,000 powerlooms, employing hundreds of weavers

Published: 20th September 2019 05:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2019 05:23 AM   |  A+A-

Minster KT Rama Rao, IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, and Director of Handlooms,Textiles and Apparel Export Parks Shailaja Ramaiyer take a look at Bathukamma sarees at CDMA office in Hyderabad on Thursday

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  Ahead  of the much-awaited Bathukamma festival, the State government will distribute nearly 1.02 crore sarees to women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families from September 23, thereby marking the beginning of festivities, said Textile and Handlooms Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday. 

At a display of Bathukamma sarees in Hyderabad on Thursday, Rama Rao said: “In a bid to provide continuous employment and ensure better incomes to the power loom weavers of Sircilla town, the State government has procured 1.02 crore sarees from the weaver clusters under the project. They will be distributed to more than one crore women in the State at a cost of Rs 313 crore. Each saree has been produced at a cost of Rs 280+ GST charges this year.” 

Bathukamma is celebrated by the women of the Hindu community in Telangana for nine days during the month of September-October every year. After the formation of the new State, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao declared Bathukamma as a State festival. Since 2017, the government has been giving away free sarees to women across the State. Women aged 18 years and above and belonging to BPL families are eligible for Bathukamma sarees.

Reportedly, the sarees are made using 100 per cent polyester filament yarn with a zari border. Unlike previous years, the government will distribute sarees in 100 different shades and 10 new patterns this year. In addition to regular sarees of 6-metre length, 10 lakh sarees of 9-metre length have been also procured this season. Rama Rao said that the sarees were produced using over 26,000 power looms, employing several hundreds of weavers. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • PreMKannA

    Weastage of money
    29 days ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp