Help of professionals sought to beautify the hill station: Minister
Udhagamandalam: The forests of the Nilgiris were unique and they should be protected at all costs, said the Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran, here on Tuesday. Replying to felicitations at a function organised by the Nilgiris District Chemists and Druggists Association, he said that the Nilgiris was among the very few places in the country blessed with considerable green cover in the form of forests.
A survey conducted recently had revealed that forests and related vegetation covered nearly 80 per cent of the district. It was the duty of all to conserve the flora and fauna.
Stating that the Collector, Santhosh K. Misra, was now in the process of putting in place an elaborate plan of action to improve the infrastructural facilities and provide better amenities in the hill station, he said that the help of professionals from Bangalore had been sought to beautify the place.
Pointing out that the Chief Minister, Karunanidhi, had always had a soft corner for the Nilgiris in general and the Badagas in particular, he listed the various ways in which he had honoured the community over the years. Making him (Ramachandran) the first minister from the Badaga community was a reflection of Mr. Karunanidhi's continued concern for the community and the district.
Referring to the plea made by the speakers for providing subsidy to the small tea growers, he said that instead of looking for temporary relief, all concerned should find a permanent solution to the problems of the growers.
Stating that efforts should be made to get a floor price fixed for the tea leaf, he expressed the confidence that Mr. Karunanidhi would find a lasting solution to the issue.
He added that the Chief Minister was systematically fulfilling the promises made in the election manifesto.
The secretary of the association, L. Narayanan, pointed out that the Nilgiris was rich in medicinal plants and added that they should be conserved. He hoped that the Minister would initiate steps to improve the condition of the roads here.
The Drug Inspector, T.K. Sreenivasan, and others spoke. The treasurer of the association, K. Prakash, proposed a vote of thanks.