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Tamil Nadu won't allow field trials of GM crops: Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said her government will not allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the state.
She asserted that when the new government at the centre, in which AIADMK would be a part, assumes office after the general elections, the permission to field trials of GM crops would be cancelled.
Jayalalithaa was addressing an election rally here, around 300 km from Chennai.
Referring to the centre's recent decision to allow field trials of around 200 varieties of GM crops, she said it would make the multi-national seed companies happy and result in grief for farmers.
Citing her government's decision to not accord environmental clearance to the Great Eastern Energy Corporation to drill wells for methane exploration in the Thanjavur region, Jayalalithaa said a committee has been constituted to look into the project's environmental impact.
She said her government would not encourage industrialisation at the cost of farmers.
Faulting the centre for agreeing to anti-farmer proposals at the 2013 World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit held in Bali in Indonesia, she said her party would take action to rectify the problems.
She criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not protecting the state's fishermen from attacks by the Sri Lankan navy and urged the people to throw out the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
She said Manmohan Singh, instead of telling Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, is shaking hands with him.
The chief minister was referring to the recent meeting between the Indian prime minister and Rajapaksa on the margins of the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC) meeting held in Myanmar.
Jayalalithaa said India has the moral responsibility to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka for violating human rights there. But the government has not even supported the resolution brought forward by other countries.
According to her, the UPA government has not taken sufficient steps to modernise the country's defence forces. She said the centre neglected the armed forces.
Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), March 6, 2014
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Next government will reverse #FDI decision: #AIADMK.
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The AIADMK Friday gave a "solemn assurance" to reverse the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail after the next Lok Sabha elections.
AIADMK leader V. Maitreyan, who moved the motion for a debate on FDI in the Rajya Sabha, said the final vote will be cast by the people in the next election.
"I give a solemn assurance that after the next Lok Sabha elections, the next government will reverse the decision of the UPA, and I stand by this assurance that FDI will only be on paper and will not be implemented in states.
"From now onwards we will see that the debate goes on across the length and breadth of the country and the final vote will be cast by the people at the next Lok Sabha elections," he added.
Slamming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the AIADMK leader said it was willing to please foreign retailers and did not care about "public and national interests".
Maitreyan claimed that FDI in retail would not provide organised markets, transportation and storage to farmers to help them get reasonable prices for their produce and won't save the consumers from being exploited.
He questioned the intent of members who voted for FDI.
"A vast majority of the members are opposed to FDI but it is unfortunate that voting is not on the merits of the issue but other considerations."
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From the recognition of ‘self-respect marriages’ to the upholding of 69% reservation, the State Assembly, whose diamond jubilee is being celebrated today, has seen many momentous occasions, says T. Ramakrishnan
The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, which celebrates its diamond jubilee on Friday, has always been known as a forum for expressing strong views on various social and economic issues, and occasionally, a platform to settle political scores.
This was evident even in the first Assembly (1952-1957) when the House intensely deliberated the scheme of elementary education launched by the Rajaji government. Among the critics of the scheme were many members of the Congress and they contended that the scheme sought to perpetuate caste-based social hierarchy. Through an amendment in July 1953 to a government-sponsored motion, an attempt was made to recommend to the government to drop the scheme.
Though the amendment was not carried through, Rajaji quit the post within a year. After Kamaraj succeeded him, Education Minister C. Subramaniam in May 1954 informed the House that the scheme would be dropped.
The Rajaji days are remembered for landmark laws to protect tenants of farm lands and landless agriculturists.
After the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam captured power in 1967 and its founder C.N. Annadurai became Chief Minister, the Hindu Marriage Act was amended to recognise “self-respect marriages” or those marriages free of religious rituals. The law took retrospective effect as “self-respect marriages” formed a major plank of the Dravidian movement.
His successor and five-time Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, piloted several Bills and moved numerous motions. In his last spell (2006-2011), laws for exclusive reservation for Muslims and Christians within the quota of Backward Classes and Arundathiyars within the reservation of Scheduled Castes were made. However, in deference to wishes of the Christians, the scheme of separate quota for the community was dropped.
The 10-year-long rule (1977-1987) of the government, headed by M.G. Ramachandran of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, was noted for various measures in the area of revenue administration. Notably, the system of hereditary village officers such as “karnam” was abolished at one strokeAfter the Supreme Court delivered the Mandal Commission judgment in November 1992, settingthe ceiling for reservation in education and employment at 50 per cent, the Assembly responded through legislation aimed at safeguarding the existing 69 per cent quota for Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes.
The law was included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. The enactment of the quota law was a high point in the first tenure (1991-1996) of Jayalalithaa as CM. In her previous spell (2001-2006), the law against those who indulged in charging usurious rates of interest was enacted. The Assembly, which has witnessed several changes in the social profile of its members, has also seen numerous uproarious scenes and yet retains its character of lending voice to problems of the less-privileged.
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Image:SETTING THE STAGE Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai presents the State budget in 1967. Photo: Special Arrangement
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