GUWAHATI, June 26 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has stressed the need for promotion of coconut fibre-based industries in the State and said that the State Government would take all necessary measures to set up and expand the venture.
Gogoi said this while interacting with VS Vijayraghavan, chairman of the Coir Board who called on him at his Khanapara official residence on Saturday. He was explaining to the Chief Minister the potential of coir industries in the State, an official release said.
The Coir Board chairman informed the Chief Minister that a loan scheme for coir production, �Remote,� had been under implementation in the State since 2008-09. So far 193 beneficiary groups have availed of benefits under it which provides 40 per cent financial assistance from the Government.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 2.2 crore for the North-East for the �Remote� scheme, 70 per cent of which will be spent in Assam. A total of 250 coir production centres will be set up in the State with the allocation, paving the way for employment to some 25,000 people.
The Chief Minister assured the Coir Board chairman of all possible help in promoting the coir industry in the State.