Etikoppaka artisans apprise Jagan of their woes

Forest dept. creating problems in supply of wood, they say

Published - August 24, 2018 01:00 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

The artisans of Etikoppaka poured out their tales of woe to YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy when he met them in their village, as part of his ongoing Praja Sankalpa Yatra in the district on Thursday.

Mr. Jagan began his padayatra from Darlapudi in the morning and first offered tributes to the first Chief Minister of A.P. Tanguturi Prakasam Panthulu, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, by garlanding his portrait.

Some Congress leaders including Peda Eswara Rao, Dubasi Sai and Addepalli Nooka Naidu, joined the YSRCP in his presence

The toy makers told Mr. Jagan of their problems in view of the short supply of ‘ankudu karra’ (soft wood) used in making the famous ‘Etikoppaka toys’. They alleged that the Forest department officials were creating problems in the supply of wood, forcing them to give up self-employment in their traditional craft, in search of wage employment. They said the government was not extending any help to them and demanded provision of power and lacquer on subsidy to enable them produce the toys at cheaper rates. They presented a toy to Mr. Jagan. Later, the cane farmers of Etikoppaka and the ANMs of Chouduwada apprised him of their problems.

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