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Handlooms, Handicrafts will flourish: KTR

Textiles & Handlooms Minister KT Rama Rao today stated that the TRS government was committed to promote and boost handlooms and handicrafts across the State.

At a review meeting at the Secretariat here on Wednesday, KTR directed Commissioner Shailaja Ramaiyar and officials to open up Golconda (old name Lepakshi) showrooms in district headquarters and promote in a big way the handlooms and handicrafts. Golconda is being named for the handicrafts business by the government to reflect the age-old culture and traditions of the State. The State government was ready to fund the Golconda showrooms in Siricilla, Warangal, Siddipet on pilot basis and will be expanded to others in a phased manner.

KTR took various decisions to encourage Nirmal artisans by opening a common facility center at Nirmal by spending Rs 1.5 crore, Jhari and Firdousi workshop for Muslim women in Medak, handicrafts training center for youth in Hyderabad. When KTR contacted on phone, local Minister A Indrakarn Reddy informed that he would release Rs 1.5 crore estimated for Nirmal common facility center. A temporary center will accommodate the Nirmal facility center until a new building was constructed, he said.

The Minister directed Warangal Commissioner Amrapali to allot 1500 sft area and asked Medak Collector to take immediate steps for Jhari and Firdhousi workshop and a showroom in the district. Ranga Reddy officials were directed to handover Child Welfare center at Yellamma Thanda area to ST handicrafts artisans. He also maintained that a training centre for youth will be opened in Hyderabad and asked the officials to prepare proposal to provide accommodation in a government building which is ready. He asked the officials to submit a report on cooperation and funds from the State and Centre for handicrafts and handloom departments. (NSS)