The wrong policies of the Central government had paralysed industries and scaled up unemployment, said A. Soundararajan, general secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

Inaugurating a district-level conference of the CITU here on Friday, he said that agitations and demonstrations against the Central government would intensify in the coming months to prevent it from implementation of anti-people policies. Workers in the unorganised sector, accounting for 60 per cent of the country’s total production, had been neglected by the Centre. Their interests should be protected.

The CITU will stage a demonstration against the Centre in the third week of January. Entire Tamil Nadu was reeling under acute power crisis.

Standing crops in delta region had started withering. Despite sufficient groundwater in delta areas, farmers could not draw water from borewells owing to power crisis. One farmer had committed suicide. But foreign car manufacturers in Chennai had been receiving uninterrupted power supply, he said.

Mr. Soundararajan advised people not to protest nuclear power projects. “We should not prevent development. Electricity is essential for development. The government should allay fear of people about the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.”

Burning of coal for power generation would heat up the atmosphere by five per cent by 2017. It would have adverse impact on environment, he said.

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