People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 27, 2004
DYFI To Present Youth Demands Charter To PM
TO press for fulfilment of the long-standing demands of the youth of our country, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has decided to launch a nationwide movement through a widespread campaign on national and local level issues. The committee has also decided to submit a memorandum to the prime minister before launching this movement, which would be focussed on the following major demands.
Adopt a national youth and sports policy
Include right to work as a fundamental right
Initiate land reforms
Lift the ban on recruitment, fill up all existing vacancies and
re-establish abolished jobs
Education for all, Jobs for all
was decided at the central executive committee meeting of the DYFI held in New
Delhi on June 15-17. The CEC has
also decided that after submitting the memorandum to the prime minister, a
massive signature campaign would be undertaken among the youth and other
sections of society in support of these demands. The target would be to collect
one crore signatures from September 15 to October 15.
CEC also decided that state and district-level youth rallies will be organised
on September 15 raising the demands of youth. After these activities the CEC
will chalk out a plan for national-level programme.
a statement issued after the meeting, DYFI president K N Balagopal and general
secretary Tapas Sinha have informed that the CEC decided to continue the
struggle on youth demands in a big way in order to force the new government to
implement the people’s verdict against communalisation, privatisation and
globalisation. The CEC warmly congratulated the Indian people for their decisive
mandate against the BJP and its allies. It also congratulated the youth
community of the country in general and DYFI members in particular for having
played an important role in dislodging the anti-people BJP-led NDA government
statement warned the new UPA government that people’s expectations are high
and they clearly want the roll back of the anti-people economic policies and
CEC adopted a resolution condemning the price hike of petroleum products and
demanded the government to reconsider the decision. It also decided to observe
Iraq-Palestine Solidarity Day on June 30, 2004.