Agila Indiya Samathuva Makkal Katchi cadre staged a demonstration placing a charter of demands opposite the Collectorate on Friday. The eleven-fold demands included uninterrupted power supply in the State; assurance of no hikes in power tariffs; supply of free diesel engines for small and marginal farmers; grant of permits for toddy tapping; increased compensation for fisher folk during the 45-day ban period on fishing; prevent futures in essential commodities and subsequent control over prices of essential commodities; reigning in on fee-structure of private education institutions; providing a support price of Rs.2,500 per tonne for sugarcane; sops to protect handloom industry; and no further increase of petrol and diesel prices.
The protest was part of the State-level demonstrations by the cadre of Agila Indiya Samathuva Makkal Katchi led by actor Sharath Kumar. “The State-wide protests were led by respective district secretaries across Tamil Nadu,” A.P. Raja, District Secretary, said. Over 200 persons participated in the protests here in the district.