Staff Reporter

SALEM: The Salem District Small Scale and Tiny Industries Association has appealed to the State Government to provide 20 percent of the fly ash generated in the thermal power station in Mettur to small scale industries.

During an interaction with Industries and Commerce Commissioner Sundaramoorthi here recently, representatives of the association led by their president K. Mariappan said that the Central government had already issued an order directing the thermal power stations to provide 20 percent of the fly ash to the tiny and small scale industries.

But the management of the Mettur Thermal power station was providing only eight percent of the fly ash to the tiny and small scale units.

As a result, over 50 units in the district, which depend on the Mettur thermal station, could not function.

The association also appealed to the State government to reduce the Value Added Tax for the electricity panel to four percent.

Currently 12.5 percent of tax was collected from the industries manufacturing the panels.

The government, representatives said, should take steps and instruct the nationalised banks in Salem district to provide loans up to Rs. 5 lakh without any collateral security.

The Reserve Bank of India had already issued guidelines in this regard.

The representatives discussed various issues related to the small scale industries during the meeting.

Indian Bank Deputy General Manager R. Mahadevan, District Industries Centre general Manager K. Govindarajan and senior officials were present.

A team of 20 owners of small scale industrial units in Salem district led by Mr. Mariappan left for a nine-day industrial visit to Gujarat on November 27.

The visit was organised by the association on invitation from the Gujarat government.

Chief Secretary of Gujarat D. Rajagopalan had made the arrangements for the visit.

The team that had been formed would visit a number of units and study the possibilities for attracting investments from Gujarat State to Salem district.