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Loud and clear: The Janawadi Mahila Sanghatan taking out a protest march against the increase in prices of essential commodities and the delay in providing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament.
Loud and clear: The Janawadi Mahila Sanghatan taking out a protest march against the increase in prices of essential commodities and the delay in providing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament.

The Janawadi Mahila Sanghatan (JMS), on Wednesday, demanded that the Union and State governments initiate strong measures to contain the continuing increase in the prices of essential commodities as well as concede to the long-pending demand for 33 per cent reservation for women in the Parliament and Assemblies.

The JMS lead a protest march through the city against the “indifferent” attitude of the Union and State governments in addressing the issue of hunger and poverty.

Reservation sought

Bidar Staff Correspondent reports:

The members of JMS organised a ‘rasta roko' and ‘jail bharo' in Bidar on Wednesday, demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State Legislatures.

Protestors gathered at the Ambedkar Circle shouting slogans and sat in a circle to block the arterial roads of the city. The police arrested about 50, but released them later.

Student's Federation of India leader Lakshmi said parties were unnecessarily dragging the issue of internal reservation into it.

“There is no justification for delaying women's reservation in the name of internal reservation. Our demand is that women be involved in policymaking at the highest level,” she said.

The question of internal reservation for Other Backward Classes and minority women could be tackled later, she added.

Memorandum

Raichur Staff Correspondent reports:

Women activists of JMS, who went in a procession from Station Road, reached the Deputy Commissioner's office after passing through the main thoroughfares of the city. They staged a dharna on the office premises and submitted a memorandum to the district administration before being arrested by the police.

President of the district unit H. Padma said the Centre should bring reforms in the public distribution system so as to reach subsidised food grains to the needy. It should ensure strict implementation of PDS norms and impose severe punishment for black-marketing, she said.

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