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Campaigns against reduction in kerosene allocation to State

Condemnation:The public holding pamphlets distributed by AIADMK cadre in the city on Wednesday.— Photo: R. Ashok
Condemnation:The public holding pamphlets distributed by AIADMK cadre in the city on Wednesday.— Photo: R. Ashok

: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam began a campaign against the Centre over the reduction in the allocation of kerosene to Tamil Nadu for distribution through fair price shops.

Minister for Cooperation and party urban district unit secretary K.Raju kicked off the campaign by distributing pamphlets to the public at Jaihindpuram here.

The pamphlets carried the Tamil translation of the letter Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, condemning the "unilateral and unjust" action by the Centre against Tamil Nadu.

Addressing the party cadre, Mr.Raju said the Chief Minister had made higher budgetary allocation for various departments without burdening the common man with additional taxes. The State government had increased the State stabilisation fund from Rs.50 crore to Rs.100 crore to contain the rising prices of essential commodities, he said.

"The Union government has been acting against the welfare of the poor of the State," he said.

In her letter, the Chief Minister had said the monthly allocation of kerosene for the first quarter of 2011-12 was 52,806 kilo litres. But it was reduced at regular intervals.

While the monthly requirement of kerosene for Tamil Nadu was 65,140 kilo litres, the monthly allocation for the first quarter of the current fiscal has been brought down to 29,060 kilo litres.

The Minister condemned the "stepmotherly treatment" meted out to Tamil Nadu by the Centre, and asked the people to vote for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the next Lok Sabha election so that the State got its due from the Centre.

Deputy Mayor R.Gopalakrishnan, party leaders M.S.Pandian, Valarmathi Jebaraj, zonal chairperson P.Salaimuthu and councillors were among those who were present.

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