Hyderabad, Aug 3: The construction of ITC’s 800 Crore Food Processing Plant at Manoharabad in Medak district was almost completed and the plant would go on stream in two to three months’ time, ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri said here on Saturday.
He disclosed it during a meeting Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasehar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan, the CMs camp office here.
The CM asked the ITC, the multinational conglomerate company, to establish Food Processing Units in a big way in coordination with the State government.
Mr Rao said that the government was of the firm opinion that food-processing units should come up in 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. Congratulating the ITC for completing such a big Food Processing Plant in a record time, he said that our government’s aim to launch the food processing units on a large scale to enable the growers get suitable price for their produce and the consumers, unadulterated and quality food grains.
To achieve the goal, major players like the ITC, which has considerable experience in the field, should come forward. There are four and half lakh Women Self Help groups in the State. The services of the women should be utilised in procuring the raw material and other works for the establishment of the Food Processing Units all over the State.
This should be taken as a social responsibility,” the CM observed.
Mr Rao also asked the ITC to take initiative in opening the Rayon’s factory in Mulugu district, for which the ITC senior officials have responded positively.
We are completing Kaleswaram and other projects on a fast track, he further said.
Reservoirs with a capacity of 500 TMC were getting ready in the state. They would become an ideal location for the nature’s beauty. The natural forests, historical places could be developed as the tourism centres, he stated.
The government was also making efforts for the tourism development and ITC, a multinational conglomerate company, should also come forward in developing the tourism centres, the CM added.
ITC Executive Director Nakul Anand, Telangana Government Chief Secretary SK Joshi, CMO Principal Secretary Narsing Rao and others were also present in the meeting.