Special Correspondent

SALEM: The potters in Tamil Nadu have urged the Government to insist that earthen pots should be provided in all the Government offices to keep water.

While thanking the Government and the Chief Minister for establishing a Welfare Board for potters, they said that the government should immediately issue an order to have earthen pots for keeping drinking water in all Government offices.

Eco-friendly

This, they claimed, was not only eco-friendly and healthy but would also enable the potters to earn a decent livelihood.

President of the Tamil Nadu Pot Manufacturers (Kulala) Association, Sema. Narayanan after attending the general and executive council meetings of Salem and Namakkal districts here recently, told the reporters that the invasion of plastics had sounded a death-knell to the pot industry in the State.

Training centres

Hence to rejuvenate the age-old industry and to uplift the poor potters from poverty, the association wanted the Government to open training centres at all district headquarters to train potters to manufacture export-oriented products such as dolls. "The industry has to be modernised to suit today's needs," he said.

Demanding reservation in education and employment for potters, he said that the Government should come forward to reserve 2 per cent allotment to them in Samuthuvapurams.

Pattas to those who were eking out a livelihood in Government `porombok' land should be issued.

Subsidy

The loan subsidies provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Corporation should be given to genuine beneficiaries. Only individual potters should be permitted to take clay free of cost.

Awareness programmes

The State and Central Governments should procure earthen pots for the offices of Salem Railway Division and awareness programmes should be conducted to popularise it among the people, he said.

State vice-president Selvamaligai S Manickam, district president R. Mahalingam and others participated in the meetings.

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