Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has urged ITC, India’s leading FMCG company, to set up food processing units in a huge way in coordination with the government of state.
The Chief Minister said, “The state government was of the firm opinion that food-processing units should come up in a big way in the State, to get the support price for the farmers for their produce, to supply unadulterated and quality food products to the people.”
Sanjiv Puri, Chairman, ITC, met the Chief Minister and stated that the construction of company’s Rs. 800 crore food processing plant at Manoharabad in the Medak district was nearly finished and it will go on stream in 2-3 months’ time.
“Our government has an aim to launch the food processing units on a large scale to enable the growers to get the suitable price for their produce and the consumers, unadulterated and quality food grains,” said KCR.
“To achieve the goal, major players like the ITC, which has considerable experience in the field, should come forward,” he added.
Services of self-help groups
The Chief Minister highlighted that there are 4.5 lakh women self-help groups in the state and said that the services of these women should be utilised in sourcing raw material and other works for setting up of food processing units across the state. This should be taken as a social responsibility.”
In addition, KCR also asked the ITC to take measures to open the Rayon’s factory in the district of Mulugu, for which the senior officials of ITC have positively responded.
“We are speedily completing the Kaleswaram and other projects. Reservoirs having a capacity of 500 TMC are getting ready in the state. These will become an ideal place for nature’s beauty. The state has natural forests and historical places. ITC should also come forward in developing the tourism centres,” he said.