The 10th District Conference of CITU under way in Salem

Blaming the Dravidian parties’ rule for the unprecedented 16-hour power outage in districts, the 10{+t}{+h}Salem District Conference of CITU has urged the present Tamil Nadu government to take steps on a war-footing to restore power and protect the livelihood of hundreds of workers of various industries.

The two-day conference which opened here on Saturday with District President P. Panneerselvam in the chair, pointed out that both AIADMK and DMK, which ruled the State for 15 years, had failed to assess the future demand of power by not initiating any new power generating project. As a result, power cut prevailed at the alarming rate of 14 to 16 hours in districts today.

Works hit

Industries such as small and medium, printing, weaving, silver anklet, coir, engineering and lathe, etc., had been facing closure. Its workers were facing bleak future while small traders were left to fume. The general public was undergoing untold sufferings since TANGEDCO resorted to power cuts during night hours too. Education of their wards also suffered.

Hence the State should not remain passive in this vital issue and take necessary steps to restore power immediately.

Manual scavenging

It wanted the implementation of Supreme Court verdict demanding total abolition of manual scavenging in all States including Tamil Nadu. The Union government must also withdraw the price hike on diesel. With Tamil Nadu experiencing a 16-hour power cut, small traders who were depending on generators were hit further by diesel price hike. It urged the government to roll back the increased tariff on LPG too. It should withdraw the FDI in retail since it would destroy the small traders and merchants, it demanded.

The Super Speciality Hospital in Salem should be allowed to function fully since the infrastructure was created at a huge cost for the benefit of patients from the districts of Salem, Erode, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur and Villupuram. It wanted the establishment of a Textile Park at Salem. State deputy general secretary G.Sukumaran inaugurated the conference. Those who spoke included S.K. Thiagarajan, R. Venkatapathy, P. Murugesan and other functionaries.

  • The two-day conference began on Saturday

  • ‘State should not remain passive in power shortage issue’