The Tamil Nadu Micro and Cottage Entrepreneurs' Association has appealed to the State Government to open training centres in rural areas to provide skill training to school dropouts.

Association President J. James has said in a release that the Government should provide accommodation facilities and financial assistance to these students.

They should be sent to the micro units for a year for hands on experience, as part of the training. This would also help mitigate the labour shortage problem faced by the micro industries.

The State Government should announce measures for the micro and cottage enterprises that have faced several problems during the last four years.

Power supply

Efforts were needed to provide uninterrupted power supply to these units. During the last few days, unscheduled power cuts had gone up. The micro units were hit by the power problem.

The oil corporations were regularly increasing the petrol prices during the last 11 months. This affected the mid-income segment.

The Government should withdraw the taxes on petrol and petroleum products as it was one of important commodities used by the public, he said.