Namakkal: The tapioca farmers of the Namakkal district, who were reportedly suffering from heavy financial losses due to adulteration in the sago manufacturing process, got a relief when Electricity Minister P. Thangamani instructed the officials of concerned government departments to take severe actions against the sago units which indulged in such illegal activities.
As a step to curb adulteration, the Minister ordered all the sago manufacturing units in the district to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras immediately.
Thangamani along with Social Welfare Minister V. Saroja conducted a meeting with the officials of the revenue, police, and food safety, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Commercial Taxes, Sagoserve and Tangedco at the Collectorate. They discussed the issue of protecting the interest of tapioca farmers.
Farmers’ representatives were also present in the meeting. The district comprised for many sago units located in Sellampatti, Vennanthur, Rasipuram, Namagiripettai, and Selvakurichi areas. These units market sago to many North Indian states through Salem-based Sagoserve and other private markets.
Mr. Thangamani said that they had received complaints from the tapioca farmers, and as a step for that the officials conducted surprise checks in the recent past in many sago manufacturing units and even ordered the closure of a few units that were using adulteration practices. The action taken by the officials helped in checking this menace in a big way.
Despite the surprise visits, there were complaints that some sago units were still indulging in adulteration. He directed the officials to strictly put an end to this practice.
He instructed the sago units to install CCTV cameras at the all points of entrance, exit point, tapioca unloading point, and skin peeling spot and crushing room as soon as possible. The sago manufacturers should make sure that the cameras functioned properly all the time.
The Minister directed the officials to take immediate action against the sago units which did not install CCTV cameras and also violated the norms. He warned the sago units indulging in the illegal practice with severe action.