ERJ staff report (DS)
Kottayam, Kerala, India - India's Rubber Board Chairman Ms. Sheela Thomas has invited suggestions from all the stakeholders for formulating the Board's schemes for the 12th Five Year Plan to be implemented from the year 2012-13.
In order to give an opportunity for all sections of the public to have their say in plan formulation, the Board has scheduled a series of consultations with various segments of rubber industry stakeholders, she said. The first such meeting would be conducted at Kottayam soon.
The development schemes of the Board are part of Five Year Plans implemented by Govt. of India. The current schemes in the 11th Plan are ending in 2011-12. Ms. Sheela Thomas said that an evaluation of these schemes would be conducted so as to generate inputs for the formulation of 12th Plan schemes. Internationally renowned agricultural scientist and Member of Parliament Dr. MS Swaminathan would chair the National Committee which has been constituted for the evaluation. The committee comprising experts from different disciplines would critically look into all the schemes now being implemented in the fields of production, processing and marketing of NR and also research in rubber.
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Press release from Rubber Board