Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Timber Merchants’ Association has complained that the government has not yet appointed a commission to study the problems of the small-scale timber merchants in Kallai, even after the attention of the Finance Minister and Forest Minister was drawn to the demand many times.

The association in a statement said that the Finance Minister had bailed out those who were dealing in chicken, tiles and automobile and the Forest Minister allowed the match-box manufacturers to cut necessary trees from private land.

But, the problems of timber merchants in Kallai remained unresolved.

Kallai was home to the timber industry, which in the 1950s and 1960s was considered the second best in the world.

But from 1970s, there was a decline in the once-famed industry with increase in taxes sounding the death knell.

The association alleged that there was not a single effort during the governments of both the UDF and the LDF in the State to salvage the industry.