People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 29, 2004
Political Campaign Launched
the time of going to press, Party units across the country have launched the week-long political campaign
from August 25 to 31
as per the call of the central committee. The ongoing campaign is focussed on the following
danger posed by the BJP-RSS combine seeking to revive the communal Hindutva
agenda. Exposure of the
disruptionist attitude of the BJP in Parliament by refusing to accept the
to weed out the communal ideology and elements entrenched in the State
institutions and steps taken to enforce the secular principle.
September 1 as “Anti-Imperialist & Anti War Day”. Project the
necessity for an independent foreign policy to correct the pro-American and
pro-Israeli strategic collaboration of the previous BJP-led government.
of the pro-people measures in the CMP such as the National Employment
Guarantee Act, central legislation for agricultural labour, one-third
reservation for women in legislatures, increased public investment in
agriculture, increased credit for farmers and increase public expenditure in
education and health.
of the public distribution system particularly in tribal and backward areas
and provision of BPL cards to all poor people.
of indiscriminate opening up and handing over control of key sectors to
foreign capital such as the increase in the FDI cap in telecom, insurance
and civil aviation. Stop privatisation of the profit-making Delhi and Mumbai
fair return for people’s savings. No reduction of interest on employees
eviction of tribal communities living in forest areas and provide rights to
transferring burdens on common people and consumers by periodic increases in
diesel and petrol prices. Revise
import duty and excise structure to reduce tax burden on retail consumers.
relief and assistance to drought-affected areas by provision for `food for
work’ programmes, free distribution of foodgrains where distress exists,
drinking water and fodder. In
the flood-affected states, centre should provide adequate funds for relief
and rehabilitation measures. Centre should take up comprehensive flood
control measures within a fixed timeframe in the flood-prone areas of
Central legislation be brought to empower state governments to regulate admissions and fee structure in private institutions in higher education and to overcome the difficulties created by the supreme court judgement.