03-08-2017 12:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Now, bureaucrats to sip from kulhars
The Telengana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has always encouraged traditional skills by coming out with welfare schemes such as distribution of sheep, mechanised laundries, modern hair care salons and spa for Yadavas, Kurmas, Nayi Brahmins, Rajakas (washermen) and fishermen, now the Shalivahana Kummari (potters) community leaders are demanding that they too be rehabilitated.
If he accepts the proposal, then there will be environment-friendly earthen pots (kulhars) in government offices.
Jogu Ramanna, backward class welfare minister informed that the proposal is in final stages. It includes the use of earthen pots in government offices, setting up of a pottery skill up gradation and training institute, the establishment of a pottery park and mechanized pot making.
He said that in a meeting with the representatives of the Shalivahana Kummari community, they suggested that the world famous Hyderabadi Biryani can be served in good earthen pots instead of plastic or foil containers that are harmful to the environment.
It was also agreed upon to send a team to Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal to study the mechanized pot making projects which can then be followed in Telangana
The community also demanded that tea, curd and water be served in earthen pots in canteens at all bus stations in the state. They also wanted the government to extend 5 lakh loan to every Kummari family with 80 per cent subsidy which will enable them to set up their own pot manufacturing unit.