People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 26, 2004
THE CPI(M) has urged the UPA government to undertake with urgency the measures outlined in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). It has identified five priority areas for this purpose, namely, unemployment guarantee scheme, food for work programme, rural infrastructure development, strengthening education sector by utilising the amount from education cess, and improving health delivery system in the rural areas.
CPI(M) message to the government came after a day-long meeting of the Polit
Bureau in New Delhi on September 17.
newspersons, Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said the PB felt the government
should act fast in this direction in view of BJP-RSS efforts to rouse communal
passions in the country, particularly with the view of reaping benefits in the
coming Maharashtra assembly polls. He asserted that the people of Maharashtra
would defeat this nefarious design of the communal combine.
Polit Bureau also discussed the situation in Manipur and the entire north east
region. It wanted the central government to take steps to restore normalcy in
Manipur, said Yechury. On Jammu & Kashmir, the Polit Bureau noted that there
was not much progress in the talks with various groups, and wanted the
government to move ahead. Yechury also informed that the Polit Bureau had
discussed about the preliminary preparations for the 18th party congress to be
held in New Delhi in the month of April 2005. He said the process has begun with
branch conferences taking place in various states.
to a reporter’s submission that the Planning Commission has expressed doubts
about finding resources for implementing the proposed employment guarantee
scheme, Yechury said “nothing has changed from the time this was included in
the CMP and today to warrant such fresh doubts.” Asked why the Left was
publicly opposing the economic policy decisions of the government, Yechury
clarified that the Left was forced to react to the public pronouncements by
various government ministers. He wanted the government to refrain from
announcing important policy decisions without consultation.
informed the media that the prime minister had invited Jyoti Basu for lunch the
next day, September 18 afternoon. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also to be
present at the lunch along with CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet
and Sitaram Yechury.