Special Correspondent

‘The union government's liberal help is essential for the survival of the sector'

KOCHI: The budgetary allocation of Rs.66.50 crore for the coir sector is too low and is testimony to the continued neglect of the sector by the government, Kerala Coir Workers' Union president G. Sugunan has said.

The coir sector in the State is in severe crisis. The sector employs about 5 lakh workers. The union government's liberal help is essential for the survival of the sector, according to the union affiliated to the Hind Mazdoor Sangh.

Mr. Sugunan, in a press release issued here on Sunday, called upon Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to allocate additional funds for the sector. In a memorandum submitted to State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, the union leader sought adequate allocation in the State Budget. This would help in ensuring minimum wages to workers in the sector, the memorandum said.

He also urged the government to implement the Coir Commission report. Steps should be taken to modernise the sector.

At least Rs.300 crore would be required for the overall development of the sector, he said.