Amaravati: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy named Chillapalli Venkata Naga Mohan Rao as chairman of Andhra Pradesh Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Limited (Known as APCO). A native of Mangalagiri in Guntur district, Mohan Rao has been working as the party’s weavers’ cell chairman for the past three years.
Mohan Rao played a key role in strengthening the party among weaker sections, particularly handloom weavers.He also urged YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to announce special financial package for the struggling weavers during his padayatra before coming to power.
The YSRC government started implementation of Netanna Hastham scheme soon after coming into power. Each eligible handloom weaver family is being given Rs 24,000 per year assistance. After getting inputs from weavers’ associations that many eligible poor families were left out of the scheme during the first year, Mohan Rao convinced the chief minister to relax certain guidelines and helped several thousands of the poor get the benefit.
“It is a big opportunity provided by the chief minister to serve my people. I will put my heart into making APCO a profitable firm for both the weavers and state government,” Mohan Rao told TOI.