Girijan has set up base in the gateway to Agency area – Narsipatnam – with the setting up of a petrol and diesel outlet, ragi pulverising plant and coffee storage godowns.
Tribal Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu inaugurated the petrol and HSD oil bunk and the godowns built on GCC’s own site at Abid centre on Sunday. GCC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director ASPS Ravi Prakash and officials of GCC and HPCL were present.
The Minister also inaugurated the Girijan Mini-super Bazaar selling ‘Girijan’ brand products and Nannari soda hub on the same premises and addressed the public gathered there on the occasion.
The GCC is setting up 11 petrol and diesel bunks in the Agency area of the district in association with Hindustan Petroleum, and one each was inaugurated at Hukumpeta and Kakarapadu village last month, he said. The remaining bunks would be completed in the coming months and these petrol bunks would generate an additional business turnover of Rs.100 crore per year for the GCC.
The Ragi pulverizing and packing plant at Narsipatnam would start functioning soon. These new units would provide employment to some 200 local tribal educated youth, said the Minister. The Government has already handed over 322 vacant D.R. Depots of the GCC to local tribal youth to function as F.P. Shop Dealers for their livelihood, he added.
The GCC Araku Valley Coffee has acquired good brand image across the country in the recent past. Coffee cultivation has been beneficial to one lakh tribal families and the Government is planning to extend it to an additional one lakh acres.
With all these activities, the GCC plans to achieve an overall business target of Rs.400 crore this year and reach Rs.1,000 crore annual target in the next five years. After the public meeting, the Minister visited the Coffee Curing Works in Narsipatnam town and witnesses the entire curing / grading process of GCC’s raw coffee.
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