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    Concern over impact of wheat crisis on womenfolk Special Correspondent Need to import will hit PDS which in turn would endanger the life of women and children
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      Concern over impact of wheat crisis on womenfolk

      Special Correspondent

      Need to import will hit PDS which in turn would endanger the life of
      women and children : AIDWA chief

      JAIPUR: The president of the All India Democratic Women's Association,
      Subhashini Ali, has expressed concern over the likely impact of the
      wheat crisis in the country on the womenfolk. The need to import wheat
      would probably affect the public distribution system (PDS), which in
      turn would endanger the life of women and children, she said. "The PDS
      is already under stress with interested groups trying to dismantle the
      whole system," she said.

      Ms.Ali, who is in the Rajasthan capital in connection with the
      three-day central committee meeting of AIDWA which commenced here on
      Friday said the present predicament over wheat was the result of the
      long neglect of the farmers. "The farmers are not getting enough
      support from the Governments for buying inputs which have become
      costlier manifold," she said talking to a group of newspersons.

      "Strengthening of the farmers will only make the country self
      sufficient in food," Ms.Ali who later addressed a rally in the Walled
      City said. The wheat prices were already showing an upward trend in
      the given situation of impending imports and the poor were to be hit
      badly, she warned.

      "It is a dangerous situation. We used to export wheat and now we are
      forced to import the commodity," she said attributing the situation to
      the effects of liberalization and free market economy.

      Talking about the meeting of various women's organizations with the
      Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram in Delhi on Thursday, Ms.Ali said
      the promises made in the Common Minimum Programme on six per cent
      allocation for education and 3.2 per cent allocation for health should
      be upheld in the next Union Budget as it directly affected women and
      children.

      Addressing the rally Ms.Ali said women were being considered an
      economic burden in the country and the fall in the man-women ratio all
      over the country could be attributed to the general attitude.

      Expressing concern over the atrocities on women she said the
      involvement of various caste and communal groups were adding on to
      their misery.

      She cited the case of the recent alleged mass rape of a "Sahayogini",
      employed with the Rajasthan Women and Child Development Department in
      Karauli district in which certain caste groups were trying to protect
      the perpetuators of the atrocity.

      AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundar Raman, Rajasthan president
      Sumitra Chopra and general secretary Durga Swami also addressed the rally.

      The AIDWA leaders explained the significance of the Jaipur meeting in
      the context of the proposed yearlong celebrations on the completion of
      the 25 years of the organization starting from March 12.
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