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INTUC demands seats

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MARCH 29. The State unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has urged the Congress party to give adequate representation to the union in the Lok Sabha election.

As per the bylaws of the Congress a minimum 10 per cent of seats should be allotted to the INTUC.

Unfortunately, it was not followed in the past elections. The union's support to the Congress should not be taken for granted if the party did not follow the bylaws, G. Kalan, general secretary, told newspersons after an executive committee meeting here on Sunday.

The union, he said, made repeated representations in the past to allot seats for the union in every Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. But there was no response from the party. He said about 4.5 lakh workers were affiliated to the union in Tamil Nadu. Not giving proper representation to the union would amount to neglecting a major work force.

However, the union would support the Congress and its alliance partners in the State in the election. But from the next election the union would not extend support to the Congress if it was not given adequate seats.

Earlier, the union passed a resolution urging the State Government to take measures on a war-footing to supply drinking water to residents in Chennai. Opposing indiscriminate construction of multi-storied buildings in the city, the resolution said construction of more such buildings would lead to fast depletion of groundwater level. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority on its part should not give permission for construction of multi-storied buildings in the city. For a permanent solution to the drinking water scarcity, the union suggested to the Government to set up desalination plants.

The union by another resolution welcomed the Government's decision to form a single welfare board for non-formal workers but regretted that in some districts the Labour Department officials were reluctant to register the workers as members.

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