Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Over 1 crore sarees to be distributed from today

Over 1 crore sarees to be distributed from today

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's much-publicised Bathukamma Saree Scheme to distribute sarees as Dussehra gift to 1.5 lakh women below poverty line (BPL) has drawn flak for poor quality of the garments while the opposition hinted at a scam. Kavitha participates in Bathukamma festival not only in Telangana districts, but has also been trying to popularise it in many countries for the last two years.

On social media, videos were shared in which women can be seen burning the sarees, alleging poor quality.

As per directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, almost 1.04 crore sarees will be distributed to eligible women across the State marking the celebration of Bathukamma festivities.

The saree distribution drive for the Bathukamma festival saw several brawls over who would get the free clothes.

The government reportedly accused the opposition Congress of a role in the controversy. "The women of Telangana will wear the sarees and dance Bathukamma, " said minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav.

"On the occasion of Bathukamma festival, all the poor women above the age of 18 will get sarees as a gift irrespective of caste, community or religion", Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had earlier said. Commissioner of textiles Sailaja Ramaiyyer led the team of officials that procured the sarees. A total of 1.04 crore sarees were made for distribution across the Telangana states. Sarees in over 500 designs and colours, have already reached the distribution centres.

Hindustan Times reported that while the women had expected good quality sarees, they were very unhappy. No one has asked them for sarees. Finally, People can collect the sarees from the distribution centers. Instead of this show of generosity, they should give us our ration on time and ensure quality, " said Mysamma.

"Factories were also inspected. We stand firm by the quality of the saris that we have produced", Iyer said.

On allegations that saris priced at Rs 50 were distributed, both Ranjan and Iyer dismissed the allegations and said each Sircilla sari is priced at Rs 224 while the Surat sari costs Rs 200.

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