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Centre mulls welfare schemes for coir sector

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Alappuzha: The Centre plans to bring coir sector under the ambit of welfare schemes like the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and RSBY health care scheme, Union Minister of State for Labour Kodikunnil Suresh said Monday.

Inaugurating a seminar as part of the 'Coir Kerala 2013 Expo' jointly organised by state and central agencies here, Suresh said it was also crucial to take up skill and technology upgradation for traditional sectors like coir.

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) programme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families provided hospitalisation coverage of up to Rs 30,000 with beneficiaries required to pay only Rs 30 as registration fee with the premiums paid by central and state governments as part of their arrangement with insurers, he said.

It was important to invest in skill upgradation, new technology and product development so that the country could benefit immensely.

Suresh also mooted the idea of setting up coir parks on the lines of rubber parks to buy technology, make products and find export markets.

PTI

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