People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 10, 2004
Massive Youth Rally In Chennai Demands Jobs
of youth marched on the streets of Chennai on September 19 demanding jobs. The
rally was organised by the DYFI Tamil Nadu state committee and it was a
culmination of a vigorous campaign conducted through out the state on a host of
demands relating to employment from August 15 to September 12. Nearly 200 teams
comprising a total of 6,000 cadre participated in this campaign in villages and
towns. Cycle yatras and pada yatras were the preferred mode of the campaign,
which reached nearly one lakh homes in the state directly.
the demands highlighted in the campaign were immediate lifting of ban on
recruitment, filling up of existing vacancies, providing unemployment allowance,
generate new employment by developing wasteland through agriculture workers,
setting up one factory with one crore rupees in each panchayat union, allotting
funds to implement 100 days rural employment.
DYFI campaign got an encouraging response from the youth and people in general.
It was clear employment is a burning issue for the people. The DYFI organised a
workshop on employment generation on July 31, 2004 with a panel of experts from
various research institutions like MIDS, MSSRF. Among those who participated in
the workshop were journalists, trade union leaders, kisan front organisers and
social activists apart from large number of youth. The workshop came out with
approach papers on various avenues for employment generation – agriculture and
related industries; textile; small scale industries; self employment;
government, public and private sector: etc, which were widely discussed. The
workshop concluded that with out take any serious efforts in the above mentioned
fields, it is impossible to build confidence among the youth. The campaign
launched by the DYFI highlighted these aspects.
impressive rally in Chennai marking the culmination of the campaign was
participated by thousands of youth from all districts of the state. They marched
with under huge banners and flags. CPI(M) central committee member and Freedom
fighter, N Sankariah inaugurated the rally. In his brief speech he said that
socialism is the only alternative to remove scourges like unemployment from the
world. Despite heavy rains just before the start of the rally, the marchers
enthusiasm was not dampened. Many people watched from the sidelines the youth
procession culminated at MGR Nagar market, where a public meeting was held. The
meeting was presided by DYFI state president and MLA, S K Mahendran
while the welcome address was made by DYFI area secretary A M Kamaraj.
DYFI all India president K N Balagopal inaugurated the public meeting.
Polit Bureau member, Sitaram Yechury in his speech called upon the youth to put
pressure on the new UPA government to implement the pro-people aspects in the
CMP. With the people of Tamil Nadu leading the way in routing the NDA in the
general elections, what the people of the country now expect from the new
government was – protecting the country from communal forces; changing the
anti-people economic policies; and eliminating
corruption from all levels of administration. He made it clear that the Left
parties were supporting the government only on the basis of the common minimum
said it was the pressure of the Left parties which is forcing the government to
enact an Employment Guarantee Act, the food-for-work program, levying 2 per cent
cess on education etc. He asserted that many more such measures will be
implemented only if pressure is built through such struggles
state secretary, C Tiruvettai introduced a resolution asserting that the DYFI
will continue this movement with great vigour in the coming days through various
forms. It was passed unanimously.
(M) state secretary, N Varadharajan greeted the youth on behalf of the Party
state committee and pointed out that their struggle has the support of the
people of the entire state.
meeting ended with the vote of thanks by E Dayalan.