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"Government failed to implement insurance scheme for weavers"

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E.V.K.S. Elangovan
E.V.K.S. Elangovan

Special Correspondent

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have implemented it "The State's attitude will deny many economic benefits to people in and around Sathyamangalam"

CHENNAI: Union Minister of State for Handlooms and Textiles E.V.K.S. Elangovan has charged that the Tamil Nadu Government has failed to implement insurance scheme for handloom weavers initiated by the Centre.

Talking to newsmen here on Thursday, Mr. Elangovan said under the scheme, the Centre would give Rs 800, while the State and the individual weaver would have to contribute Rs 100 each. While States such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat had implemented the scheme, the response from Tamil Nadu Government was poor. Not only this scheme, many of the Central projects for the welfare of handloom and power loom weavers had not been implemented by the State.

As the Minister, Mr. Elangovan said he had sanctioned Rs 30 crore for "Apparel Parks" for export both in Tirupur and Kancheepuram. Similarly, under the infrastructure development scheme, Rs 17 crore was sanctioned for Tirupur and Rs 12.66 crore for Kancheepuram.

Criticising the Tamil Nadu Government for not allowing railway officials to conduct survey for a new line between Samarajnagar and Mettupalayam via Sathyamangalam, Mr. Elangovan said the State Forest Department refused to give clearance for the project. The State's attitude would deny many economic benefits to people in and around Sathyamangalam.

Referring to the Chief Minister's recent announcement that 10 kg of rice would be given free to all family cardholders, Mr. Elangovan asked why she had failed to do it during the last five years.

Mr. Elangovan, who once demanded share in power for the party in the State if the DMK was voted to power, avoided a direct reply when newsmen asked him about the DMK leader M. Karunanidhi's acceptance of a coalition government in the State.

He said there was no chance of coalition government, as the DMK would get absolute majority in the elections. It would be a repeat of the last Lok Sabha polls.

On Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam continuance in the United Progressive Alliance, the Minister said the constituents of the UPA would take a decision after the Assembly elections.

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