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2000 Autos to run with meters in Trichy City from August 15th

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Autorickshaw drivers affiliated to CITU to operate to fare meters in Tiruchi from August 14. | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy
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These autos to charge ₹30 as minimum fare and ₹15 for every additional kilometre from August 14

City residents tired of haggling with autorickshaw drivers over fares can get some relief soon. With private transportation network companies turning on the heat with online services offering cheaper rides, a section of autorickshaw drivers have decided to go by fare meters and a fixed fare chart from next week.

Autorickshaw drivers affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) would operate to meters from August 14-15, the trade union has said.

The move comes in the wake of rising public patronage to autorickshaws running under the Ola network, which offers not only convenience but also cheaper rides at fixed fares.

Autorickshaw fares have long been unregulated.

A majority of over 4,000 autorickshaws in Tiruchi do not operate to meters. Consequently, commuters complain that they have to pay through their nose even for short rides.

Although the district authorities made an attempt to enforce the meter system after the fares were revised by the government in 2014, a majority of autorickshaws failed to comply claiming the fares to be too low for a small city such as Tiruchi.

The union even took the issue to the court. The State government had then extended the revised meter fares fixed for Chennai to the rest of Tamil Nadu. As per the government order, the minimum fare (for the first 1.8 km) was fixed at ₹25 and₹12 for every additional kilometre.

Unions such as CITU had been demanding that the fare be hiked to ₹30 (minimum) and ₹15 for every additional kilometre.

However, the advent of Ola and the impending entry of another private cab aggregator forced those who had not joined the network to have a rethink.

Come August 14, CITU-affiliated autorickshaw drivers operating out of Central Bus Stand would begin to use meters and charge fixed fares.

CITU autorickshaw drivers in Srirangam and Chathram Bus Stand would follow suit the next day, the trade union representatives said.


The CITU-affiliated autos would charge ₹30 as minimum and ₹15 for every additional kilometre. “We have decided to go by meters as our member autorickshaw drivers have been complaining that they are not getting enough business due to the entry of private network operator. They are finding it difficult to earn even ₹300 a day. People think that we are charging high and by adhering to meters we hope to attract customers,” said S. Rengarajan, district president, CITU.

Fare charts would be displayed in the autorickshaws adhering to the system, he said.

Bakrudeen Babu, district president of the CITU-affiliated autorickshaw drivers’ union, said about 1,000 auto rickshaw drivers had joined the Ola network and were earning up to ₹1,000 a day. Others were facing problems in getting adequate customers. Those in the network were not even required to wait in the stands and some even operated out of their homes. “We have to protect the interests of our members and hence we have decided to go by fixed fares,” he said.




source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/citu-affiliated-autorickshaws-to-run-with-meters/article19455331.ece


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Convert Kalaiarangam into auditorium: Theatre artistes

With the cinema hall at the Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Mandram, popularly known as Kalaiarangam, remaining closed for the past few months, the Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association has appealed to the district administration to convert it into a public auditorium for staging plays and cultural events.

The cinema hall at the Kalairangam complex, run by the District Welfare Fund Committee, has remained closed for the past few months.

In a representation to the Collector, who is also the chairman of the District Welfare Fund Committee, M.S. Mohamed Masthan, general secretary of the association, pointed out that the city lacked a proper public auditorium with good facilities in a prominent locality. Although the Corporation’s Thevar Hall was functional, it lacked adequate parking space as it was situated on West Boulevard Road.

“The Kalaiarangam cinema remains closed now. Often, those who take the cinema hall on lease do not pay the rental dues properly. We hear there is a move to convert it into a marriage hall. The cinema hall can be converted into a public auditorium where plays, folk arts, music and cultural events can be held,” Mr. Masthan said in a representation to the Collector on Monday.

Pointing out that the Kalaiarangam complex already had a marriage hall, the drama artistes claimed that only about 50 marriages were being held there annually. There was no need for another marriage hall under the situation and the cinema hall could be used as a public auditorium and meet the aspirations of artistes and the general public of the city.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 449059.ece


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Stress on quality certification for napkin-producing SHGs

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Retired IAS Officer Santha Sheela Nair and Collector Rajamani at a stall showcasing sanitary napkins on the sidelines of a meet in Tiruchi on Saturday.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

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Women self-help groups who converged here on Saturday for a seminar on ‘Napkin production - hygiene and economic sustenance,’ organised by the Menstrual Hygiene Management Consortium, resolved to accelerate pace of manufacture with quality raw materials and secure certification from rating agencies for expanding market base.

Sharing their experience, successful napkin producers Maheshwari and Thilagavathy and a few others acknowledged that packaging and quality certification were key factors for sustenance in the venture by women SHGs against the backdrop of even established companies following ‘job work’ model and netting substantial profits by making their presence felt in the market through aggressive marketing and packaging.

They cautioned aspiring manufacturers of napkins among participants to be wary of a section of middlemen who readily make financial settlements for the first few orders to win trust and subsequently take them for a ride after securing large deliveries.

Functionaries of the consortium, constituting leading gynaecologists Jeyam Kannan and Sarmila Ayyavu, emphasised on certification by prestigious rating agencies and said hospitals would be inclined to place orders only after product quality was ascertained.

Dr. Jeyam Kannan said a website would be launched to serve as a platform to network the napkin manufacturers.

N. Manimekalai, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, Bharathidasan University, said quality testing would be undertaken at the varsity’s Microbiology Department. Entrepreneurial scope for women SHGs was high since the State government’s scheme of supplying free napkins was confined to the rural parts, Prof. Manimekalai said.

Addressing the gathering, retired IAS officer Santha Sheela Nair advocated broad-basing of the system of ‘once-a-month’ paid holidays in the country, for upkeep of menstrual hygiene. Only some companies in India had come forward to follow the system in vogue in other countries.

The public must understand the physiological, mental and physical issues confronted by women going through menstrual cycle, she said.

Ms. Nair also emphasised on manufacture of napkins with entirely biodegradable materials, and on their safe disposal without causing harm to environment.

Collector Rajamani promised to form a federation of sanitary manufacturers with its base in Tiruchi to ensure supply of products that fulfillied all quality and safety parameters, and establish tie-ups with buyers.

Ganapathy, advisor to the consortium, said safe and environment-friendly methods for disposal of used napkins would be disseminated to the public.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/stress-on-quality-certification-for-napkin-producing-shgs/article19389259.ece


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Temple auditorium to be opened for public events

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The first public event is scheduled for July 31

Days after being handed over to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department, the new auditorium constructed on the premises of the Sri Kattazhagiya Singar Temple at Srirangam is all set to be thrown open for public events.

The auditorium which was hitherto under the control of the Tourism Department was handed over to the HR&CE department recently after there was a public outcry over non-utilisation of the new building.

Having taken over the auditorium post-inauguration by the Chief Minister through video-conference recently, the HR&CE department has begun to spruce up the huge auditorium measuring a little over 11,000 square feet. Ahead of throwing it open for public events, audio system was being installed inside the auditorium which has a seating capacity of 800.

The HR & CE department has sunk a borewell for provision of water supply for the auditorium as well as for temple use. Provision has also been made for the installation of a generator set, said official sources.

The first public event at the auditorium, provided with air-conditioned facility, is scheduled to be held on July 31 with a bharatanatyam programme to be organised by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, said official sources.

The HR&CE has fixed a rent to let out the auditorium for organising cultural events, spiritual discourses and religious workshops. The auditorium would not be let out for organising weddings, said a senior official adding that some more plans were on the anvil for the auditorium.

The auditorium was constructed after former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was elected from the Srirangam Assembly constituency in 2011.

The Tourism Department had constructed the building at a cost of Rs. 3 crore.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 382516.ece


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Farmers find a friend in good old millets ---To be cultivated in 4000 acres in Trichy


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Millets have always been recognised as a healthy food. Now, distressed farmers of the parched delta region have rediscovered a friend in this amazingly low water-consuming crop. A company promoted entirely by farmers has decided to take up millet cultivation in a big way considering the fact that it is the best alternative to go for in times of drought and crop failure.

'Farmer Producer Company' (FPC) will take up millet cultivation under 200 acres in Musiri taluk in Trichy district. If it succeeds, the entire 4,000 acres lying waste in and around the area would be brought under millet cultivation.

The company, based at Thinnakkonam village near Musiri, was established a year ago with as many as 200 farmers as shareholders
. Any farmer could become a shareholder by remitting Rs 1,000. He or she would be provided a kilogram of millet seeds for cultivation. After harvesting, the farmer has to return 2 kilograms of seed to the company, said its managing mirector C Yoganathan.

In fact, the company has preserved rare varieties of paddy such as 'Navara', 'Maappillai Samba', 'Kichadi Samba', 'Poongar' and 'Iluppai samba' besides more than 10 varieties of millet including Foxtail millet, Small millet, Finger millet, Ragi, Sorghum, Horse gram, Black Horse gram, Dhal, Green gram, Mat beans. They also have 60 varieties of vegetable seeds.

"Millet is one of the oldest food items known to humans and is a source of good health during difficult times. It is relatively cheap and easy to grow and can be stored well for years. Since a single seed produces a lot of grains, it is not expensive. It does not need any extra fertilizer or water to grow well. It is seldom affected by pests", Yoganathan added.

Since there was no water in any of the reservoirs, farmers have given up hope of cultivating paddy. Hence, it was the right time to go for alternative means, he said. He claimed that many farmers had come forward to take up millet which had been unutilised for decades.

"There are 4,000 acres of land idling in Neyveli, Natchampatti, Veeramanipatti and Thinnakonam. Soon we will cover the entire land by cultivating millets. Farmers can sell their produce to the company itself. They need not worry about marketing," he added. The company in turn will sell the grains across the state wherever there is a demand, he said.

"We have also appealed to the government to take necessary steps to distribute millets in fair price shops at least once in three months. Commissioner, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department has already assured us to do the needful", he added.



source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/farmers-find-a-friend-in-good-old-millet/articleshow/59781231.cms


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Auto drivers agree in the City agree to run on meter

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There is something on the horizon to cheer for commuters regularly made to haggle over exorbitant charging by autorickshaws. Drivers owing allegiance to CITU, who add up to a sizeable number, have finally decided to run autorickshaws on digital meter.

However, they have demanded a minimum charge of Rs 30 for 1.5 kms and Rs 15 for every additional km, instead of the government-prescribed minimum charge of Rs 25 and Rs 12 per additional km.

The invasion of Ola into the market has prompted the auto drivers to agree on meters. Ola taxi App has made a large number of autorickshaw drivers switch to their tariff of providing a 4-kilometre ride for Rs 29. CITU auto-drivers association of Trichy said it will install digital meters on autorickshaws.

It is high time to switch to meter system so that we can survive in the market due to the invasion of Ola a year ago. Since then most of our auto-drivers have plumped for their system which gave them good earnings thanks to the frequent rides they get due to the low fare. Hence, we also decided to adopt digital meter system," said district president of the association A L Fakruddin Babu on Tuesday after staging a demonstration near the district collector office.


They have been opposing the government-prescribed minimum fare for 1.8 km - Rs 25, additional every kilometre - Rs 12, waiting charge - Rs 3.50 for every five minutes, night charges (between 11pm to 5 am) - 50 % additional charge. Their demanded is to increase the fare to Rs 30 for the first 1.5 km and Rs 15 for every additional km.


The drivers submitted a petition to the district collector urging him to take up revision of fare with the state government. It may be recalled that when the tariff was prescribed in 2015, it had not gone down well with the autorickshaw drivers. The police had even asked the drivers to display the tariff card, the names of the owner, driver, address and photographs in mother tongue and English and the grievance toll free number - 1800-425-5430 — on the vehicle. They even warned of cancellation of driving licence in case of violation of tariff. However, they did not accept the tariff.


Now, the situation has changed and the CITU is even ready to go with the government-prescribed fee if all the members accept the decision at their July 30 meeting.

"We will discuss the matter in the meeting on July 30. If everyone is ready, we will start the meter system from August 15 in the city. Around 2,200 autos in our association will run on the digital meter system. But we will demand an increase in tariff," said Fakruddin Babu.




source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/ola-hit-auto-drivers-agree-to-run-on-meter/articleshow/59763413.cms


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