Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said, that, Rajaka community (washermen) will be strengthened, they will be financially, socially and educationally uplifted.
CM said, that, for implementing economically supported schemes to washermen community, an amount of Rs 250 Crores has been allocated, and the Government is prepared to provide more funds if required.
The CM told the representatives of the washermen community that they should take a call and decision as to how development and welfare activities could be taken up with those funds. CM made it clear that the government is ready to implement the programmes as desired by them.
The Honourable Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has announced, that the government will take a policy decision, to entrust the job of washing the clothes of government hospitals, hostels, residential schools and all other governmental organizations to the Rajaka community personnel (Washermen).
CM has also announced that loans will be provided to the youth of washermen community, delinking with the banks for alternate provision of employment. CM also said, that, the government would examine the subject of giving Aasara pensions to those who are above 50 years and belonging to washermen profession.
CM also announced that a hostel cum community hall for rajakas (washermen) will be built in Hyderabad city in one-acre land with Rupees five crore expenditure. CM also said that statue of ChakaliAilamma will be instituted in Hyderabad city.
CM held a meeting with the representatives of Washermen Association in Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday afternoon and discussed their issues and problems. Former Minister BaswarajSaraiah, WashermenSociety State President MacherlaUppaliah, Organizing President Manasa Ganesh, Coordinator KolluruMallesh Kumar, Association President KolipakuRamulu, General Secretary KollampallyVenkata Ramulu and others participated.
CM said, that, the government will take necessary steps to provide medical facilities to washermen community as they are falling to ill health by involving themselves in washing the dirty clothes.
CM said, that, in Hyderabad city, other towns, district headquarters and cities Dobhi Ghats will be established and steps will be initiated to provide tied up ropes for drying the clothes after washing instead of the existing practise of drying it on the floor.
He said, that, washing machines that are required for cleaning the clothes which are in large quantities in government hospitals, residential schools will be supplied by the government and the work will be entrusted to washermen only.
CM has instructed the officials concerned that certain area should be earmarked in HMDA, GHMC and other towns and cities layouts and will be given to washermen associations for cleaning the clothes and ironing them. CM said, that, government would examine to supply power at subsidized rate to dobhighats and washing machines.
BUILDING FOR YERUKALA COMMUNITY:
CM has announced that the government would construct a building in Hyderabad city for the social and educational development of Yerukala Community.
He said, that, the necessary land will be allocated by the government and the entire expenditure for the construction of the building will be borne by the government. He said, that, special programmes would be designed for provision of employment opportunities to the Yerukala community.
President Telangana Yerukala Asssociation Kuthadi Ramulu, General Secretary Lokini Raju and others met the Honourable CM and gave a representation on their issues.