After 12 years, a Telangana farmer dons chappal following PM Modi’s announcement of a Turmeric Board.

In Telangana’s Nizamabad district, a 71-year-old farmer named Manohar Reddy concluded a remarkable 12-year pledge of walking barefoot. This vow came to an end following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Mahabubnagar, where he announced the establishment of a National Turmeric Board in Telangana.

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Manohar Reddy, hailing from Palem village in Telangana, initiated his commitment to going barefoot in 2011 with a solemn promise not to wear footwear until the realization of the Turmeric Board in his district. While unconventional, his journey was driven by a deep dedication to the cause of turmeric farmers, aiming to bring about the establishment of the Turmeric Board for the betterment of farmers like himself.

On November 4, 2011, he embarked on a 63-day padayatra (foot journey) starting from Ichoda in Adilabad district and concluding at the sacred feet of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati.

With Prime Minister Modi’s recent announcement, Manohar Reddy finally donned his footwear once more, expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister for this decision.

Prior to the Telangana Assembly polls, Prime Minister Modi visited the state and unveiled a series of developmental projects worth more than Rs 13,500 crore in Mahabubnagar district. During this visit, he also pledged to establish a National Turmeric Board, which holds the promise of significant benefits for turmeric farmers in Telangana and across the country.

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