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Protect agriculture, traditional sectors: RSP(B)

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KOCHI, JUNE 25 . Urgent steps should be taken to bring relief to farmers and people who are engaged in the traditional sector, the RSP (B) general secretary, A.V. Thamarakshan, said today.

He was addressing mediapersons at the Ernakulam Press Club. "A major part of the UDF Government's tenure is being spent on infighting. This should stop, as the State has already missed a decade of development. It is in this context that the party has submitted a list of 31 suggestions to the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony. Most of them are aimed at saving the lot of farmers. In the absence of major industries in the State, people are heavily dependant on agriculture for their livelihood. The State and Central Governments should take steps to replant coconut, rubber, cashew, pepper, tea, coffee and cardamom on a large scale," he said.

The agriculture debt of small farmers who found it difficult to repay their debts should be written off.

The fine on loans availed of by all farmers should be waived. A national crop insurance policy should be evolved and cash crops too brought within its ambit. The report of the UDF sub-committee about people working in the traditional sector must be implemented.

This will bring some succour to workers engaged in the coir and handloom sectors. The Government should declare a special package aimed at improving the quality of life of workers who are engaged in the cashew, bamboo, handicrafts, fisheries and plantation sectors, Mr. Thamarakshan said.

"Landless tribals should be given land so that they can eke out a living from cultivating it. Interest-free agricultural loans should be given to people belonging to SC an ST communities.

They should also be given support to start new ventures. Mini reservoirs should be built on a war footing to supply water to villages where there is no drinking water.

Rainwater-harvesting schemes should be begun at the panchayat level.

Old-age pension for those engaged in the traditional sector and those who are handicapped must be increased to Rs. 300 per month. Solid-waste should be converted into biological waste. The use of plastic has to be restricted, he said.

On the employment front, an employment-generation scheme has to be given shape to, after forming local groups like Kudumbasree. Over Rs. 200 crores can be earmarked for this.

A women-empowerment scheme too should be started. A public-sector regulatory board has to be constituted to monitor the functioning of public-sector companies.

Sick companies can be run even in the joint sector. A cell should be formed to review whether Central funds are being used properly in the State. Minimum wages have to be declared in each sector.

The health sector should be revamped to ensure quality health care to all sections of people, he said.

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