Tamil Nadu Food Minister R Sakkarapani on Tuesday said the state government and local bodies will provide land for setting up the Centre’s proposed community kitchens, while urging the Union government to bear the capital expenditure as well as recurring expenses for the same. While capital expenditure includes expenses for the building, utensils and furniture, recurring costs are incurred for food grains, transport of material, salary of staff and so on.
Participating in a meeting convened by Union Minister for Food and Public distribution, Piyush Goyal, to discuss the model community kitchen scheme to address hunger and malnutrition across the country, Sakkarapani highlighted the initiatives implemented by the Tamil Nadu government to fight hunger.
A 42-year-old head constable was killed after a portion of a 110-year-old building collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday at Keezh Veli street near the Nelpettai area in Madurai. Another constable who was standing near the building suffered grievous injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.
The deceased head constable Saravanan and his colleague Kannan (40), attached to the Vilakkuthoon police station, were on duty Tuesday night. According to the police, the two were about to head to the next spot around 1 am when a portion of the dilapidated building came crashing down. Saravanan got stuck beneath the debris, while Kannan suffered injuries on his head and limbs.
AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam on Tuesday urged the Centre to ensure that the GST slab rate is brought down to 5 per cent on textile and apparel items. In the wake of the twin factors of the Covid-19 pandemic for the last two years and huge rise in the price of cotton yarn, the textile industry in Tamil Nadu is already facing hardship and lot of challenges, Panneerselvam, who is also a former Chief Minister said.
Against such a background, a decision was taken by the GST Council in its last meeting to correct the inverted tax structure by rising GST from 5 per cent to 12 per cent for several textile and apparel items with effect from 1 January 2022, the AIADMK leader said in a letter to Union Minister for Textiles, Piyush Goyal.