District administration takes up a novel initiative
For 40 physically challenged persons of Sivakasi, the move by the district administration has made them entrepreneurs. In turn, the differently abled persons would help the administration in maintaining a good environment as their paper products would serve as an alternative to plastic cups and bags.
After providing them with six weeks of training on making paper cups, bags and other stationary items, the administration has provided them a production centre set up at a cost of Rs. 23.50 lakh. This included a building at a cost of Rs. 17 lakh and a production unit at a cost of Rs. 6.50 lakh.
The Collector, M. Balaji, inaugurated the production unit at Sivakasi on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the move was aimed at making the differently abled persons become economically independent.
Among the beneficiaries are six graduates and some of them already had work experience with small-scale units.
The beneficiaries have been divided into different groups to take care of sales, procurement of raw materials, production, quality control and administrative work. They have been provided with 10 battery-operated tricycles which would help them move around and meet potential suppliers of raw materials and buyers of finished goods.
The enterprise has been registered as a cooperative society. The district administration and Sivakasi municipal body would render all help to the entrepreneurs for a period of six months and management of its affairs would be handed over to them later.
Mr. Balaji wanted the entrepreneurs to dedicate their might for the project and make it a successful business model so that it could be replicated in other parts of the district also.
The Sivakasi Revenue Divisional Officer, R. Subbulakshmi, the Sivakasi municipal Chairperson, V.K. Kathiravan, and Commissioner, R. Murugesan, were among those who were present.