Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and the Congress should work together to usher in the Kamaraj rule in Tamil Nadu, the State executive committee of the trade union has said.

Calling for better coordination between the Congress and the party’s trade union, the two-day meeting, which ended here on Sunday, demanded representation for union leaders in the party.

Some Congress members’ tendency to encourage rival organisations against the INTUC should be stopped, a resolution adopted at the meeting said. Decisions on labour-related issues should be left to the trade union. Congress leaders should take part at INTUC meetings, and union leaders should be invited for party meetings.

The meeting regretted that the party’s central observers were not consulting INTUC leaders whenever they visited Tamil Nadu and called for steps to rectify these shortcomings to ensure unity between the party and the trade union.

Law and order

The INTUC urged the State Government to curb the activities of terrorists and anti-social elements.

There were complaints that the activities of certain terrorist organisations were on the rise in the State, and the recent arrest of a few naxalites near Theni had only confirmed this. Terrorist organisations were hiring people to smuggle arms and explosives, it alleged.

The Government should take steps to maintain law and order and prevent crimes such as murders, dacoity, sand smuggling and land grabbing, the meeting said. It urged the Union Government to launch a crackdown on terrorists and naxalites across the country.

The meeting urged the State Government to end the power shortage; disburse accident relief to construction workers; distribute medical assistance cards to weavers; and reopen the Uma Parameswari Mills in Tiruchi.