The Salem District Small Scale and Tiny Industries Association, protesting against undeclared power cuts in the State and in Salem district, has resolved to shut down units falling under Medium and Small Scale industries on May 5.

The decision to this effect was taken at the its special meeting presided over by its President K. Mariappan, here on Monday. The Association said that from April 22, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation had resorted to increased power cuts from 2 to 3 hours per day officially and in practice had been resorting to many hours of undeclared load shedding.

Hence to protest the continuous power shut down, the medium and small scale industry had decided to shut down the units in the district on May 5, which also would be followed by a rally in the city. The Association had sought total cooperation from the manufacturers for the agitation, which it pointed out was being organised for the industry's welfare.

To pursue these, the association would also go to court with a Public Interest Litigation seeking directions from the Tamil Nadu government to provide supply to the medium and small scale units without any interruption as in the case for MNCs and SEZs in Tamil Nadu.

Those who took part in the meeting included S.Dinakaran, Vice President and Selvaraj, General Secretary of the South India Mill Owners Association and other office bearers of Association.