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Rs. 5.12 cr. aid to be given to coir societies

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‘Coir Kerala 2013’ inaugurated in Alappuzha

MORE BENEFITS:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with a memento of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in coir he was presented with at the inaugural function of Coir Kerala 2013 in Alappuzha on Friday.
MORE BENEFITS:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with a memento of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in coir he was presented with at the inaugural function of Coir Kerala 2013 in Alappuzha on Friday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the government will disburse grant of Rs. 5.12 crore to 275 coir cooperative societies as working capital.

Inaugurating ‘Coir Kerala 2013,’ the international event on coir and natural fibre products here on Friday, Mr. Chandy said that the order in this regard will be issued before the event ends on February 6. The government will discuss with the banks the demand for disbursing working capital to private coir manufacturers and take an appropriate decision.

He reiterated that the UDF government will accord high priority to the coir sector. A total of Rs. 104 crore will be disbursed as Plan share and another Rs. 34 crore for disbursing pension of coir workers. More consideration will be given to the coir sector next year, he said.

He pointed out that the coir sector was facing challenges. “However, there is a change visible now. The Coir Kerala helped in developing self-confidence among the people who work in this sector. This collective has helped in rejuvenating the sector, which was drifting backwards,” he said.

He said that the change in the coir sector was one the people were wishing for some time. “The exports which was Rs 807 crore in 2010-11 was expected to touch Rs. 1,200 crore. The domestic consumption will be about Rs. 2,000 crore,” he said.

Presiding over the function, Minister for Revenue and Coir Adoor Prakash said that the event has given a new impetus to the coir sector. The government has provided Rs 48.5 crore to Income Support Scheme (ISS), he said.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal inaugurated the national pavilion, while Tourism Minister A. P. Anil Kumar inaugurated the theme pavilion. MLAs, P. C. Vishnunath and P. Thilothaman, District Collector P. Venugopal, municipal chairperson Mercy Diana Macido and district panchayat president Pratibha Hari also spoke.

International seminars will also be held as part of the event for two days from Saturday.

Home Minister Thiruvanchooor Radhakrishnan will inaugurate the morning session on Saturday. Chief researcher and research leader, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa, Rajesh Anandjiwala will present a paper on ‘Natural fibre composites--prospects and potential for developing value added products’. German designer Verena Schaetzlian will speak and demonstrate handicraft making with coir fibre.

The afternoon session will discuss coir and its uses in interior design. Tourism Minister Anil kumar will inaugurate the session. The national, international and theme pavilions are open on all days till February 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The national and theme pavilions are open to public, while entry to international delegates will be restricted to registered delegates.

There will be cultural programmes on all days from 7 p.m.

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