The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has decided to picket Central Government offices across the State to press their demands for expansion of BPL category and to drop the proposed move by the Centre to substitute subsidies with cash distribution in LPG, kerosene and fertilizer distribution.
“Picketing is scheduled for September 16,” AIDWA State vice-president and CPI (M) central committee member U. Vasuki told The Hindu , after the conclusion of the 13th AIDWA State conference here on Monday.
She pointed out that the present enumeration of the Below Poverty Line category undertaken by the Centre had found to be excluding more people than including in it.
“The methodology should be reviewed as many poor people are finding themselves excluded from BPL category on the grounds of some flimsy economic criteria being adopted for evaluation,” she said.
The AIDWA conference also took a decision to besiege the office of Superintendent of Police in Madurai to seek the arrest of a headmaster of a government school in that district against whom allegations of sexual harassment exist. Some of the other resolutions passed at the AIDWA meeting included better facilities at government hospitals in the State for women and steps for making loans available at lower interest rates to women Self-Help Groups.
A rally was taken out to mark the conclusion of the conference. The AIDWA State unit elected office-bearers at the end of the meet. N. Amritham was re-elected as State president while U. Vasuki got elevated from general secretary to the post of vice-president. P. Suganthi replaced Ms. Vasuki as State general secretary.