Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Friday that the state will distribute free sarees to over one crore women on the occasion of Bathukamma festival.
According to a statement from CMO, CM said that the state government has decided to distribute sarees on this occasion to enable people to celebrate Bathukamma festival with more enthusiasm, the festival which is an integral part of the Telangana life and culture. He stated that this festival is a symbol of family relationships.
KCR further announced that the saree gift will be presented to all women irrespective of their caste, community or religion. The sarees would be distributed through ration shops to 1,04,57,610 women from September 18-20.
He said though clothes were distributed to Muslims on Ramadhan and to Christians on Christmas, but for Bathukamma festival, it has been decided to gift sarees to the poor women from all communities and castes.
As reported by NDTV, he said that the sarees required for the distribution were being purchased from the handloom and power loom sectors to provide employment to the weavers and workers as their plight is pathetic due to lack of work and some of them have committed suicide.