Staff Reporter

Large number of workers migrating to other States: CPI

Dharmapuri: The district-unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has asked the State Government to initiate steps to include Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the District secretary of CPI, P. Ilamparuthi, said that due to lack of employment a large number of agricultural labourers and workers were migrating to the neighbouring States.

The Centre and Planning Commission should revoke the parameters identified to selected under NREGS and define new parameters that reflect the backwardness.

The Central Government had allotted funds for the development of backward districts in Bihar and other States. Similarly, it should allot funds for the development of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. The Government should implement the Hogenakkal Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme from its own resources instead of waiting for foreign assistance.

Though the project was mooted several years back there was an inordinate delay in its implementation

The Government should expedite the process of setting up a Medical College Hospital in Dharmapuri district.

It should also set up a SIPCOT industrial estate in the district to prevent migration of workforce to neighbouring States.

It should implement the Inter-State Migrant Workers Act to control migration.

The CPI would launch an intensive awareness campaign from August 31 to September 8 in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts in support of these demands.

State Deputy Secretary Deva Perinban also spoke.