People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 15

April 10, 2005



Youth March To District Collectorates


AS part of the all-India agitation against growing unemployment, lakhs of DYFI volunteers marched to different district collectorates in Kerala on March 28  demanding the reversal of anti-youth policies being pursued by the Congress-led UDF government. As a result of the agitation, work came to a standstill in most of the district headquarters. 


The agitators raised slogans against unemployment, commercialisation of education and the dangerous growth of criminal mafia forces in the state. It was pointed out that the policies of the Congress government had  further worsened the employment situation in the state as there was a permanent ban on recruitment. Many jobs had been abolished and job security concept had been altogether dispensed with. 


The education scenario, which was once famous for its universal base and merit criteria has been restructured today as a market-driven education system. As for the growth of the criminal mafia,  the DYFI said stories of mafia-police-administration nexus were  regularly coming to light and there have been allegations even against some ministers..


Among those who addressed the demonstrators at different places included CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and leader of opposition in Kerala assembly, V S Achuthanandan,  DYFI general secretary, Tapas Sinha, DYFI president, K N Balagopal, former DYFI leaders M A Baby, E P Jayarajan and S Sharma, DYFI state president P R Vasanthan and DYFI state secretary A Pradeepkumar.