Telangana Govt. to Provide Free Washing Machines to the Washer-men of the State
The State Government of Telangana has decided to provide free Washing Machines to the washermen (Dhobis) of the state. The poor dhobis will be provided free Washing Machines at traditional Dhobi Ghats. Jogu Ramanna, Backward Classes Welfare Minister directed the officials to work out over this scheme.
A team of officials will visit Karnataka where mechanized washing of clothes has been introduced. The plan is to set up mechanized clothes washing centers and hand it over to a group of washermen families to run it after providing training to them for Free Washing Machine.
The plan is to give mechanized centers contract for washing bed sheets and other cloth material used in all government and maternity hospitals, primary health centers in the state. In the first phase, only bedsheets from Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital will be given for washing Free Washing Machine.
V Saida, the Joint Secretary of Backward classes department confirmed that even suitable locations to set up mechanized cloth washing centers would be identified. Borewells have to be drilled as sufficient water facility has to be provided to these centers under Free Washing Machine.
These Washing Machines that will provide under this scheme would be big machines that cost anywhere between 10 lakh and 30 lakh depending on the features provided in the machinery under Free Washing Machine.
Around 1 lakh Dhobis’ would be benefited by the mechanized washing center scheme. There is already one such mechanized washing unit operational at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in the city under Free Washing Machine.