THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Cooperation, Coir and Devaswom G. Sudhakaran on Wednesday said that the Kerala Government wholeheartedly welcomed the budgetary allocation of Rs.22.5 crore for the development of the coir industry in the southern States.
The Minister told The Hindu that there must be steps for the effective utilisation of the amount earmarked for Kerala for the development of the coir sector.
"We have a fear that the Centre will leave the amount at the disposal of the Coir Board, which will lead to the deployment of that precious money for schemes which are not related to the actual problems being faced by the coir sector in the State. The Coir Board conducts several programmes in the coir sector, but many of them were often found not in tune with the specific requirements of Kerala."
There should be effective coordination among the Centre, the Coir Board and the State Government to evolve strategies and schemes for the creative utilisation of the amount, he said.