DMK President and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi termed the Centre’s proposed move to shift the head office of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) from Chennai to New Delhi as unacceptable and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the proposal.
DMK Chief M Karunanidhi wrote to PM Modi, urging him to give up the move to shift the head office and sought his intervention “to comply with the popular demand of Tamil Nadu” to withdraw the proposal. In the letter written to hon’ble Prime Minister, he wrote that this move (to shift the headquarters) has no convincing reason or acceptable logic.
The people of Tamil Nadu in general and labour unions in particular are very much agitated over the proposed move of the Centre.
The DMK president recalled a similar move during the Vajpayee government in 1999, which was strongly opposed by him. Following this, On November 30, 1999, the then Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Suresh Prabhu had written to him affirming that there was no proposal to shift the CIPET headquarters outside Tamil Nadu.
“Such was the helpful attitude adopted by Thiru Vajpayee Government in responding to the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu,” he added in the letter.
Coming under the Department of Chemicals and Petro-Chemicals of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, CIPET was established in 1968, and at that time it was specifically registered under the Societies Registration Act incorporating in it that the headquarters should be located at Chennai only.
Since then, it has grown into a premier institution of plastics engineering and technology with 27 centres spread across the country, having 2,500 employees and 6,000 students. It has a reputation of continuously running on profits and the Chennai head office is now even equipped with high-end equipment on a par with international standards.
In the letter, DMK Chief sought PM Modi’s intervention to heed to popular demand and maintain status quo on the CIPET’s headquarters.