Labour Minister T.M. Anbarasan on Sunday promised he would take steps to get permission for pottery workers to collect clay from lakes in all districts.
Addressing the State conference of the Tamil Nadu Manpaanda Thozhilalarkal (Kulalar) Sangam, the Minister said he would hold talks with the district administration and make arrangements for collecting clay.
“But you have to pay a certain amount for a load,” he said and pointed out that the DMK government in the last four years implemented various schemes for the welfare of pottery workers.
He said that before the DMK came to power only 1,309 were members of the unorganised workers' welfare board. “Now after the constitution of Tamil Nadu Pottery Workers Welfare Board, the number had increased to over 21,000 and the government had released more than Rs.1 crore towards welfare schemes of pottery workers,” he said.
Mr. Anbarasan said that soon the State government would distribute 500 mechanised wheels for pottery workers. Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said the Congress-led UPA government was fulfilling the aspirations of all sections of society and the DMK government in Tamil Nadu was extending full cooperation to the Centre. President of the Sangam and Chairman of the Pottery Workers Welfare Board Sema Narayanan wanted the government to set up technical institutes to modernise the pottery industry.