Rural innovator Mallesham gets Rs. 1 Cr grant

Posted by   Sridhar Kadaveru
Rural innovator Mallesham

Minister K. Tarakarama Rao on Tuesday handed over the sanction letter of Rs. One Crore Grant to rural innovator and Padma Shree awardee Chintakindi Mallesham.

Chintakindi Mallesham had been awarded the prestigious Padma Shree award earlier this year for developing the Laxmi Asu Machine. He hails from a weaving family in erstwhile Nalgonda district. He was moved by the hours of manual and backbreaking work by his mother to complete the 'asu' making – an important process in Pochampalli handloom weaving.

Mallesham had spent about eight years to develop the Laxmi Asu Machine. His invention reduces the manual 'asu' making work of almost six hours to one and half hours.

Minister KT Rama Rao had promised assistance from the Telangana State Government when he had felicitated Chintakindi Mallesham on being awarded the coveted Padma Shree by the Union Government.
Today, the Minister handed over the sanction letter of Rs One Crore grant to Mallesham. This grant would be used to procure land, build shed and manufacture Laxmi Asu machines. The machines produced by Mallesham would greatly help ramp up production of Pochampally weavers. Read More