TIRUCHI: The first national conference of the Indiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) held here on Saturday called upon the Centre to nationalise and link all the rivers in the country.
Steps should be taken to link all rivers in the South in the first phase. A resolution was passed in this regard at the conference chaired by T.R. Pachamuthu, founder-president of the party.
Emphasising the need for ensuring uninterrupted power supply in the country, the party wanted the government to encourage private participation in the power sector in a big way for the development of industries and agriculture. Another resolution requested the Government to provide infrastructure in the government schools and colleges on a par with the best private sector educational institutions.
The party demanded that the Government started agricultural colleges on a par with the engineering colleges in the country as nearly 80 per cent of the people in the country was depending only on agricultural income.
The Government should ensure job opportunities in all the village panchayats for the students joining the agricultural colleges.
The conference wanted the Government to fix price for the agricultural inputs, take over crop insurance and involve youths in agriculture and make agriculture a profitable venture by introducing latest technology and mechanisation in agriculture.
The Government should also fix the price for sugarcane at Rs.2,500 per tonne.
Another resolution requested the Government to develop tourism in the country in a big way by joining hands with the private parties and get good income for the Government.
The conference urged the Government to stop production and sale of foreign liquor and allow tapping of ‘padaneer' and toddy to improve the livelihood of farmers.
Asserting that the IJK would work for the welfare of the Dalits, it however, felt that the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act affected people from the other communities, creating dissatisfaction against the Dalits. The conference wanted the police to file FIR relating to PCR cases only after conducting a thorough enquiry.
Through another resolution, the party urged the Government to take steps for resettlement of Sri Lankan Tamils who were affected in the war in the island nation in their native places and should be provided their due rights.