KERALA

Review anti-people policies: RSP

PATHANAMTHITTA, AUG. 14. The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) central secretariat member and State secretary, T.J. Chandrachoodan, has said that his party will not hesitate to withdraw support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, if it failed to review its `anti-people' policies.

Addressing a press conference here today, the RSP leader said the frequent hike in the prices of petroleum products and the recent decision to cut the interest rate on the Employees Provident Fund were a blow to the common man. He said the Left parties, which had always stood for the cause of the common man, could never support such anti-people policies of the Union Government.

Need for changes.

Mr. Chandrachoodan said the State Government had failed in presenting the gravity of the drought situation in the State with the Centre and hence it was denied its due share of Central drought relief.

The Centre had declined to sanction adequate drought relief to the State as most of the destruction was to cash crops, which came under the Commerce Ministry. The existing norms do not permit the Commerce Ministry to sanction relief to the States and hence an amendment was needed to empower the Commerce Ministry to sanction relief funds to the States, he said. Mr. Chandrachoodan said the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, himself should lead a high-level delegation to the Centre to present the State's case before the Union Government without any further delay.

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