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Government failed to check acid attacks: Naidu

Pavla vaddi scheme is meaningless: CPI(M)

HYDERABAD: Alleging that liquor was flowing like water in the State ruining many a family during Congress rule, Telugu Desam party president N. Chandrababu Naidu has promised to impose a ban on belt shops, if the party comes to power.

Addressing a meeting of women jointly organised by the State units of All India Democratic Women’s Association and AP Women’s Samakhya he said physical attacks and other atrocities against women have gone up phenomenally as there was indiscriminate flow of liquor. The Government also failed to check acid attacks on girl students. Though the Congress was headed by a woman, it could not ensure passage of the women’s reservation bill, he alleged.

When the ‘grand alliance’ forms its Government, it would restore the past glory of women’s self-help groups, supply gas at half the cost and the cylinder at free of cost.

State CPI (M) secretary B. V. Raghavulu said the pavla vaddi scheme for self-help groups was meaningless at a time when recession was bothering the country. He wanted the women to fight back the attempt to close down anganwadi centres.

It was only through struggles that women could get justice and not merely by submitting representations, said K. Narayana, State secretary of CPI.

He said the UPA Government went down to the level of buying MPs votes for passage of nuclear bill but when it came to passage of women’s reservation bill, it did not show any interest.