TAMIL NADU

Set up panels for providing relief, says Ramadoss

Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss has urged the Jayalalithaa Government not to act in isolation, but to constitute district and State-level committees headed by Members of Parliament for distributing relief to the flood-affected.

These committees should comprise representatives of all political parties, social service organisations and journalists. While extending the assistance, the Government should make it clear that the entire aid had come from the Centre, he said.

Dr. Ramadoss was addressing a press conference at Thailapuram, near here, on Thursday.

The funds to be sanctioned by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be fully utilised, without any room for irregularities or corruption.

Both the Centre and the State Governments shared the responsibility of helping the affected. For deriving political mileage during elections, the State Government should not pass on the blame for its lapses to the Centre, he said.

Dr. Ramadoss charged the State Government with wiping out the Calamity Relief Fund and failing to make provisions for disaster relief either in the 2005-06 budget or in the Economic Status report.

This shows the irresponsibility of those in power and confusion in planning.

`Lift ban on recruitment'

As per the observations of Narendra Jadhav, chief economic consultant of the Reserve Bank of India, economic reforms had slowed down job creation.

In such circumstances, the State government ought to immediately lift the ban on recruitment.

As for the Supreme Court's rejection of the review petition on the case pertaining to reservation in private professional colleges, the Government had acted in a hurry without waiting for the drafting of the Central law and cut a sorry figure, Dr. Ramadoss said.