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PMK to focus on involving women in decision-making

By Our Special Correspondent

YERCAUD, SEPT. 11. The State Executive Committee of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), which began its two-day deliberations here today, is focussing on the imperative of "involving more women, Dalits and minorities" in the party's decision-making bodies particularly at the district-level.

The executive decided to "take the party" beyond the narrow confines of regionalism. "Some of the crucial decisions to be reached at in the meeting could even change the very composition of the party's basic structure on which it has been spinning for long now," pointed out a senior functionary.

Expressing concern over "poor representation" of women in the posts of district secretary, the executive sought to trace the reasons. The party's political workshop discussed the important issue of adopting "reservation" for Dalits, minorities and women in the district president posts. The party decided to probe the ways and means of enhancing its membership base among the Dalits, minorities and particularly fisherfolk, who form a significant chunk of its vote bank in pockets of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

The party's performance at all levels was analysed and inadequacies were identified. It was decided to form district-wise artistes' troupes to propagate "Thamizhisai." The role of media was also discussed just before lunch break.

Debate on prohibition

The second and final day is expected to concentrate on the impact of drought and the issues that confront farmers, weavers and fishermen. The need for total prohibition in the State would be taken up for debate. The performance of the party's Union Ministers, R. Anbumani and R. Velu, would be made public. After passing the resolutions, the founder-leader, S. Ramdoss, is expected to deliver the valedictory address.

Those who attended today's proceedings included Dr. Ramadoss, Dr. Anbumani, MPs, MLAs and committee members from district units. The president, G.K. Mani, was in the chair.

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