The situation on the Law and Order front in Tamil Nadu has become a source of concern, said the CPI (M) State Secretary G. Ramakrishnan while speaking to presspersons at Uthagamandalam on Sunday.

Alleging that crime in general and crime against women in particular were on the rise, he urged the government to check the trend.

Listing some of recent instances, he regretted that dalits are being increasingly targeted.

Contrary to an assurance given by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that the state would be free of power cuts from June 1, power cuts have become the order of the day. The government should take steps immediately to improve the situation.

Lamenting that despite a change of government in New Delhi, the woes of fishermen in Tamil Nadu vis a vis the Sri Lankan Navy continue, he said that the Tamil Nadu and Central governments should join hands to find a lasting solution.

Adverting to the initiative of the United Nations Organization for an international probe into the human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Mr. Ramakrishnan said that the Tamil Nadu and the Central governments should ensure that it serves its purpose.

On the Cauvery and Mullai Periyar issues, he said that the orders of the apex court should be implemented.

It is up to the Central government to ensure that all orders of the apex court are implemented.

The Tamil Nadu government should prevent Andhra Pradesh from putting up projects across River Palar.

Lamenting that at various levels of the government posts are being sold, he said that the recent appointment of Kalyani Mathivanan as Vice Chancellor of the Madurai Kamaraj University should be cancelled as the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has set it aside.

To a query, he said that since there was no difference between the economic policies of the BJP led NDA government and the Congress led UPA government the CPI(M) will continue to oppose them. On the performance of the NDA government so far, he said, “it is not up to expectations”.

Though the CPI(M) had suffered a set back in the recent Lok Sabha elections, “it is the party of the future”.

On local issues, he said that steps should be taken to revive the ailing Hindustan Photo Films and fix a floor price of rupees 25 per kilogram of raw tea leaves of the small farmers here.

Earlier Mr. Ramakrishnan inaugurated a new building of CPI(M) the Nilgiris Committee at Uthagamandalam.