Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Salt Corporation had made special efforts to expand its area of production. But due to rains, the plan was affected.

Referring to a news item that had appeared on Thursday in these columns, the Corporation’s Managing Director R.Vijaykumar, in a release, said that the unseasonal rains in February and March caused an estimated 40 per cent loss in production, which was reflected in the availability of salt for consumers both in the retail market and the industry.

The State produced about 18-22 lakh tonnes of salt during a normal year, he said.

The Corporation has taken steps to expand the availability of its salt through public distribution system at a reasonable price than at groceries and supermarkets.

The salt sold at the PDS shops is not subsidised but cheaper than those available at other shops.

Low margins

The corporation has kept low margins and also assured the customers of salt quality certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards, International Coalition for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders and the Salt Commissioner, the release said.