Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Coir Kerala 2013, an international event on coir and natural fibre products, at EMS Stadium here on Friday afternoon.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Minister for Coir and Revenue Adoor Prakash said 95 per cent of the arrangements for the event had been completed.
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal will inaugurate the national pavilion. Mr. Prakash will preside over the inaugural function. Tourism Minister A.P. Anilkumar will inaugurate the theme pavilion. Former Agricultural and Coir Minister K.R. Gouri will be the chief guest. Film actor Dileep will inaugurate the cultural programme at 7 p.m.. A mega show by actor and singer Vineeth Srinivasan and team will follow. Mr. Prakash said a total of 165 delegates would be participating in the event from 70 foreign countries. There would be around 350 delegates from different States of the country. The entire event will be set up in an area of 1,36000 sq. ft.
Referring to the protest by the Kerala Coir Workers’ Centre (KCWC) affiliated to Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) against Coir Kerala 2013, Mr. Prakash said that the real beneficiaries of such events were coir workers themselves. “It is true that there is a crisis in the coir sector. However, the government is trying its best to resolve the crisis,” he said.
He mentioned many measures for coir workers that the government had taken including increase in daily wages from Rs.150 to Rs.210. The district leader of KCWC said the organisation would hold a protest march and meeting at 3 p.m. here to protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands including resolving unemployment in the sector, increase in wages and pension.