TAMIL NADU

Coir industry award to cooperative society

DHARMAPURI, AUG. 21 . The Navalai Coir Workers' Industrial Co-operative Society (NCWICS) near Morapur in Harur taluk has bagged the Coir Industry Award 2002-03 for notable performance in coir manufacturing, instituted by the Coir Board.

The award carries a citation and was presented during the Coir Board Golden Jubilee celebrations held in Alappuzha recently.

The society was started to provide employment opportunities to the rural folk by imparting training on coir and coir products production.

The society has been working on profit and was also selected as the best Coir Workers Industrial Co-operative Society consecutively from 1994-2000.

According to the Special Officer, M. Madhu, "The society has 285 members on its rolls of which around 150 members are provided with continuous and gainful employment.

The members are economically weak and belong to SC and ST. Through coir production the economic conditions of these people residing in and around Navalai has improved."

When the society was first set up here, coir spinning was unknown and it was possible to organise the society only after imparting training programmes with assistance availed from the Coir Board, he pointed out.

Subsidy provided

TAHDCO had also extended financial assistance in the form of subsidy for the construction of an office-cum-godown, purchase of machinery and training expenses to the tune of Rs. 1.635 lakhs.

The society also runs production centres at Ambalapatti, Thottampatti, Samandhahalli and M. Pallipatti in Morapur block. The society on an average produces 250 metric tonnes of two-ply yarn, which has a good market in North India.

As the society is a member of the Salem Central Coir Marketing Society, the raw materials are procured and the finished products sold at Salem itself.

Expansion of activities

"As part of expanding the society's activities the phase I of the Integrated Coir Development Project is under implementation at a project outlay of Rs. 24.23 lakhs which envisages installation of 7 automatic yarn spinning machines, one slivering machine, one willowing machine and one generator," Mr. Madhu added.

The workers employed here were a satisfied lot as there had been a steady increase in employment as well as wages.

The society had constructed houses for its members and also arranged to provide adequate water and sanitary facilities, the workers said.

Not willing to rest on its laurels, the society had proposed to expand its activities by providing fibre extraction facilities and production of yarn through machines.