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Tamil Nadu to improve cotton production

The Tamil Nadu government has made elaborate plans to improve cotton production. These include the proactive measures taken in wake of the recent unavailability of cotton and its soaring prices. The Tamil Nadu government emphasised the need to improve cotton production adding that the sericulture department is chalking out a plan to increase silk production to enable Tamil Nadu to be self-sufficient.

The government also plans to set up a Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) to address the effluent issue that was affecting water bodies besides the common man, weavers and the textile industry. The government met with stiff resistance from the public for setting up of a CETP in their locality. At present the government is offering 49 per cent subsidy for the establishment of CETPs.

The CETP at Tirupur has been set up at a cost of Rs 700 crore and has received a subsidy of Rs 175 crore besides an interest-free loan of Rs 200 crore. In the near future, the government is willing to set up many more CETPs.