“DMK Minister attended meeting, which took a decision on export policy”

The CPI (M) has accused the ruling DMK of adopting dual stand on the cotton export policy when weavers in the country were facing an uncertain future because of the Congress-led UPA government's decision to export cotton.

Explaining a resolution adopted at the State Committee meeting of the party held at Tirupur, State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said the decision to export cotton was taken at a meeting attended by a Minister belonging to the DMK.

“But, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi wrote to the Centre, objecting to the export policy, only after public opinion snowballed against the decision. This goes to show the dual stand of the DMK on the issue.”

Mr. Ramakrishnan said the textile industry in the country was going through a phase of crisis after a phenomenal increase in the price of cotton and yarn due to the wrong textile policy of the Centre.

“The Centre decided to export cotton without realising the need to fulfil the local demand. At a time when the price of cotton increased by 50 per cent, the export will further affect the weavers,” he said, urging the Centre to give up the decision.

Another resolution called upon the State government to hold talks with contract workers of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), who have been abstaining from work since September 19 in support of their demands, including regularisation of services, fixing of salary on a par with regular workers and effecting a salary hike.

Pointing out that the strike had already affected power generation in the State, the resolution stated that the NLC management should give up its adamant attitude and hold talks with the workers. The ruling DMK also should intervene to find an amicable solution based on the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the High Court on regularisation of contract workers.

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