PMK urges state to spell out stance on reviving methane projects


CHENNAI: While the Union government has taken steps to bring back the methane project, it is time for the state government to break its silence on the issue, PMK Chairman Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss told Thursday at Thanjavur.

Speaking to reporters, he said, PMK had initially raised its voice for the welfare of the delta region and the continued struggle had forced the government to declare the delta region as a protected agricultural area. “But at the same time, the Union government has planned to resume methane projects in no less than 31 locations in the Delta region. Instead of opposing the plans, the state government has remained silent. The government should break the silence and tell its position on the projects to the people,” Anbumani said.

Appealing the HC’s order regarding the reservation of jobs for women

In Chennai, PMK founder S Ramadoss on Thursday urged the state government to appeal the Madras High Court judgment restricting the reservation given to women in government jobs.

“In its verdict, the High Court said that there is no need to extend the reservation given to women beyond 30% and that women can obtain jobs within the 30% limit granted to them . The judgment is contrary to social justice and the state government should appeal the verdict,” Ramadoss said in a statement. “The state has increased the representation of women in local bodies to 50% and there is a debate to increase their reserve in parliament to 33%. In these circumstances, it is not fair to limit their employment to only 30 %,” Ramadoss said.

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