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Ramadoss criticises demand for re-introduction of POTA

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Jayalalithaa wants to settle scores with many persons, says Ramadoss Jayalalithaa wants to settle scores with many persons: PMK leader The naxalite problem was spawned by acute poverty and unemployment, and on this two spheres, the `AIADMK Government's record was dismal.'

VILLUPURAM: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is insistent on re-introducing the POTA with a motive; for, she wants to settle scores with many persons before demitting office, according to S. Ramadoss, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder.

Having tasted the enormous powers vested in the Act, she did not want to let go the opportunity to spite his political opponents, he said.

Dr. Ramadoss made this observation in a press conference held at Thailapuram near here on Thursday.

In the recent conference of the Chief Ministers of the naxal-infested States held in New Delhi, Ms. Jayalalithaa had mooted the idea of re-introducing the POTA.

Naxal menace

The POTA was conceived and enacted for the specific purpose of dealing with the terrorists, but Ms. Jayalalithaa had misused this potent weapon. Hence, her demand for its resurrection was condemnable, he said.

If Tamil Nadu was free from the naxalite menace, as claimed by Ms. Jayalalithaa, where was the need for bringing back the POTA, Dr. Ramadoss asked.

The problem of naxalites was spawned by acute poverty and unemployment, and on this two spheres, the AIADMK Government's record was dismal.

It was common knowledge that two lakh posts in government departments were lying vacant.

Three lakh candidates had applied for 340 posts of junior assistants and typists in the judicial department.

At present 54-lakh candidates were on the live registers of the employment offices in the State.

On the farm front too, Tamil Nadu fared badly, as it was no better than Andhra Pradesh.

As per the 2005 report of the National Sample Survey Organisation, 82 per cent of the farmers in Andhra Pradesh and 74.5 per cent in Tamil Nadu were in debt.

Under these circumstances, she announced the launching of the Farmers' Protection Scheme, which was nothing but the rehash of the one prevalent during the Karunanidhi regime, he said.

The PMK leader urged the State Government to pass two legislations in the current Assembly session itself — one on the status of the entrance examinations to professional courses, whether it would continue or not; and, another on regulating the fee structure for engineering and medical courses, and keeping a check on the "waywardness" of the self-financing colleges.

Dr. Ramadoss pointed out that the State Government presented the Rs. 260-crore deficit budget for 2005-06, and yet the Chief Minister through a series of announcements had committed over Rs. 4,000 crores to various sections, without budgetary support.

Therefore, he urged the Chief Minister to clarify in the Assembly how she would manage the resources for all her "glossy commitments," and present all those details in the supplementary budget to be presented on the floor of the Assembly.

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