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Disapprove: P. Padmavathy, State secretary, National Federation of Indian Women, affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI), speaking at the State executive committee meeting of the organisation in Tiruchi.
Disapprove: P. Padmavathy, State secretary, National Federation of Indian Women, affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI), speaking at the State executive committee meeting of the organisation in Tiruchi.

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TIRUCHI: The State unit of the National Federation of Indian Women, the women’s wing of the Communist Party of India, has strongly condemned the extension of the duration of power holiday in Tamil Nadu, stating that it has impacted adversely on all sections of the society.

In a resolution adopted at its State executive committee meeting held here on Sunday, the organisation alleged that agriculture operations have been brought to a halt in many parts of the State owing to the power cuts. Industrial labourers were being rendered jobless and students were unable to study.

Women have been hit hard as drinking water supply has been hit in several parts of the State. The power cuts during the nights have only added to the burden of women. The State government should take immediate steps to overcome the power shortage and do away with the power holiday, it said.

Seeking steps to check price rise, the federation urged the Centre to ban futures trading in all essential commodities and steps to prevent hoarding. It demanded that all family card holders be given 10 kilos of rice additionally to protect the weaker sections. All families should be given family cards.

In another resolution, the organisation condemned the military support extended to Sri Lanka by the Indian government. Women were most affected due to the attacks against Tamils in the island nation. The Centre should intervene to bring an end to the attacks against Tamils. The international community should step in to ensure that medicines and food, sent by donor agencies, reached the Sri Lankan Tamils, it said.

Referring to the recent violence against minorities at Kandhamal in Orissa, the NFIW said even after an extremist organisation has claimed responsibility for the murder of the VHP leader Lakshmananda, Christians were being held responsible for the incident and attacked. The Centre should take steps to protect the rights of minorities and uphold the sovereignty of the nation. R. Suseela, State President, presided over the meeting. P. Padmavathy, MLA and Secretary, NFIW, spoke.

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