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‘Give priority for problems facing women'

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VOICING CONCERN: Members of the Akhila Bharata Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane staging a protest in Mangalore on Wednesday.
VOICING CONCERN: Members of the Akhila Bharata Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane staging a protest in Mangalore on Wednesday.

The Akhila Bharata Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane staged a demonstration here on Monday demanding that problems and issues affecting women should be taken up on priority by the Government. This is part of the countrywide demonstrations with three-fold demands of controlling price rise, making food a fundamental right and to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in the legislature.

Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane's Dakshina Kannada district president Sukanya said the Centre and the State Government had been neglecting the problems of women. Some of the most pressing problems of women included under-nourishment during pregnancy because of poverty, and the issues raised by anganwadi workers who were now made to work eight hours a day without compensatory pay.

Basic needs

Rather than forgoing crores of rupees in corporate tax every year, the Union Government should collect these amounts and use it to improve the public distribution system and ensure that healthy foodgrain reached the deprived sections of society. She said the State Government had forgotten its election promise of providing rice at Rs. 2 a kg.

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