TAMIL NADU

Power cut exemption likely for tea factories: Minister

Special Correspondent

Government evolving schemes for increasing power generation in State

Udhagamandalam: The tea sector can look forward to some relief on the power front, said the Khadi Board Minister K.Ramachandran here on Thursday.

Participating as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the 55th All India Cooperative Week celebrations, he said that the government is likely to consider favourably a request for exempting tea manufacturing units from daily power cuts, owing to the perishable nature of the commodity.

Problems

Blaming the previous regime for the current power problems, he said that the Karunanidhi government was evolving schemes for increasing power production.

Stating that they will take some time to start contributing to the grid, he said that to tide over the present crisis the government will be buying power from the Centre.

Schemes

With the sole aim of making Tamil Nadu the ‘Number 1 State’ in the country, the Chief Minister was implementing various schemes.

Pointing out that the rate of growth of Tamil Nadu was much higher than the national average, he said that among the major contributory factors was the self-help group movement.

Stating that it was one of the most effective forms of cooperation, Mr.Ramachandran said that the loan repayment culture of the self-help groups was noteworthy.

Expressing satisfaction over the performance of the cooperative sector, particularly over the last about two years, he said that thanks to the loan waiver scheme implemented by the government, many of the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Banks which were facing financial problems were now functioning with renewed vigour.

The Nilgiri Cooperative Marketing Society was among the best of its kind in the State.

The Nilgiris District Cooperative Milk Producers Union has turned the corner after a long time.

The Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil who presided said that the government was implementing a number of welfare schemes and urged the people to make optimum use of them.

Awareness about the importance of the cooperative movement should be enhanced.

The Udhagamandalam MLA B.Gopalan said that the entry of women in large numbers into the cooperative movement has made it very strong.

He added a situation without cooperative institutions cannot even be imagined now.

The Coonoor MLA A.Soundarapandian said that whenever the DMK was at the helm of affairs welfare schemes assumed considerable significance.

The Revenue Divisional Officer, K.Tharpagaraj and the Joint Director of Horticulture A.Sankaran were among those who spoke.

The Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies K.M.Velliangiri welcomed the gathering.

The Special Officer, Nilgiris District Central Cooperative Bank K.Jayakumar proposed a vote of thanks.

Distribution of welfare assistance and prizes marked the occasion.

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