Special Correspondent

"Reservation should be fixed on the basis of caste-wise census"

VILLUPURAM: The founder of the PMK, S. Ramadoss, has suggested that the Tamil Nadu government form a separate police wing to deal with rowdy elements and hired goons. It should be on the lines of exclusive sections set up to tackle naxal menace, untouchability and prohibition. The proposed wing should comprise officers of proven integrity. Addressing a press conference at Thailapuram near here on Wednesday, he appreciated the tough measures being taken by the new dispensation against law-breakers and hoped that through a separate mechanism it would also root out the rowdy menace.Dr. Ramadoss called for scrapping the agreement signed between the erstwhile AIADMK government and a private party for establishing a desalination plant in Chennai, and also sought an enquiry into the benefits that accrued to the former rulers from the deal.

Instead, the Karunanidhi government should take up a new project with Central assistance. It should also review all the projects sanctioned hurriedly by the previous government in the past one year.

Dr. Ramadoss appealed to Governor Surjit Singh Barnala to immediately give his assent to the Bill (passed recently in the State Assembly) on 69 per cent reservation in non-minority educational institutions. Once the law was enacted, a "competent authority" should be appointed to monitor that the universities and deemed universities complied with it.

Union Minister for Social Welfare Meera Kumar's proposal to increase reservation for the Scheduled Castes from 15 to 16.23 per cent reinforced his view that the percentage of reservation should be fixed on the basis of caste-wise census.

Dr. Ramadoss called for replacing the heads of the Subramaniam Committee and Raman Committee with other retired judges. Owing to political reasons, the PMK could not participate in the agitation planned by certain Tamil organisations led by Pazha Nedumaran on June 16 to draw the attention of the Centre to the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

However, through some other constructive measures the PMK would take the issue with the Centre, he said.