Concern over impact of wheat crisis on womenfolk
- Concern over impact of wheat crisis on womenfolk
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
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
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.