(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Check The Unabated Rise In
The CPI(M), Delhi State Committee has issued the
following statement on July 16, 2009:
The CPI(M), Delhi
State Committee condemns the utterly callous attitude of the Delhi state
government to the unabated rise
in prices of foodstuffs in the state. The prices of dals and
are going through the roof, causing untold hardships to lakhs of wage
and poor. The prices of arhar dal have almost doubled over the
year, from Rs 44 per kg to Rs 80 per kg. Other dals like masur,
and rajma have also gone up steeply. The prices of sugar have
doubled in one year from Rs 14 per kg to Rs 28 per kg. The same is true
vegetables. This gives lie to the tall claims of the UPA government
falling rates of inflation.
rise in prices of especially dals and sugar is the result of
forward trading and hoarding by big traders. The Delhi government is squarely guilty
taking any action against these criminal elements. The refusal of the
to undo retrograde changes in the Essential Commodities Act made by the
is facilitating hoarding and blackmarketeering. The UPA government has
stone unturned to destroy the public distribution system. As per its
those are eligible to be in the BPL category whose annual family income
24,200 or less! Crores of poor in the country have thus been deprived
rations. The further emasculation of the public distribution system
recent reduction in foodgrain quotas for the BPL and Antodaya
increase in rates of foodgrains for Antodaya families has made the
even worse for lakhs of poor in Delhi.
This brazen anti-people policy cannot be accepted.
CPI(M) therefore, demands:
at cheap rates through the public distribution system.
sugar through public distribution system to both APL and BPL card
universal public distribution system to provide cheap rations for all.
hoarders and blackmarketeers.
Essential Commodities Act for removing provisions that encourage