People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 06, 2006
POLIT BUREAU COMMUNIQUÉ
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on July
29 and 30. It issued the following statement on July 30, 2006
Polit Bureau discussed the developments regarding the Indo-US nuclear agreement.
It expressed its serious concern at the manner in which the terms of the
agreement have been changed and new provisions attached by the United States.
The bill passed in the House of Representatives and the draft to be taken up in
the Senate make it amply clear that the terms and conditions are not those about
which the prime minister had made a statement in parliament.
such a situation it is imperative that parliament discuss the issue. People in
India are asking the legitimate question how is it that an issue which concerns
the vital interests of India is being discussed threadbare and decisions taken
in the US Congress, while the Indian parliament does not even scrutinise the
Polit Bureau therefore reiterated that the nuclear agreement should be taken up
in the monsoon session of parliament itself. It is no use discussing the matter
after the US Congress adopts the relevant law.
sense of parliament should be expressed so that the parameters of the agreement
which are in conformity with India’s interests are spelt out. The UPA
government should work towards accomplishing this aim.
Polit Bureau denounced the terrorist outrage perpetrated in Mumbai by the blasts
in seven suburban trains. It appreciated the way the ordinary people rallied to
assist the victims of the attacks and their determination to maintain unity and
of intelligence and better coordination among the security agencies are
necessary to uncover the terrorist network and to check such violence.
Polit Bureau expressed serious concern at the price rise of essential
commodities which are a burden on the people. The debate on the price rise
situation in parliament has shown that the government is unwilling to take
effective steps to check price rise. Firstly, the government should take steps
to remove foodgrains and other essential commodities from the ambit of futures
and forward trading. Secondly, strict action should be taken against those
indulging in speculation and hoarding of essential commodities.
Polit Bureau expressed serious concern at the collapse of the public
distribution system. The government has to immediately take steps to strengthen
the PDS by including more essential commodities. The criteria for BPL cards
should be changed so that all poor people come under its purview. The wheat
allocations to the states which have been cut must be restored.
Polit Bureau urged the government to accept all the major recommendations of the
Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest
Rights) Bill. The Polit Bureau is of the firm view that the JPC recommendations
are crucial for assuring the rights of the tribal people in the forests. The
Bill should be adopted in the current session of parliament incorporating the
Polit Bureau strongly condemned the continuing Israeli military attack on
Lebanon. The savage bombing raids and shelling have displaced more than 20 per
cent of the population from their homes. Hundreds have died and thousands have
been injured. The Bush administration has abetted Israel by preventing a
ceasefire being declared and encouraging Israel to carry on its blatant
aggression by supplying lethal bombs and weapons.
CPI(M) is collecting funds in solidarity
with the Palestinian people who have been facing the Israeli military attack for
the last two months. The Polit Bureau called upon all its Party units to combine
this fund campaign with solidarity with the Lebanese people and condemnation of
the Israeli aggression.
Polit Bureau reiterated its demand that the Indian government suspend arms
purchases from Israel in view of its blatant violation and disregard of
international and humanitarian norms.
The Polit Bureau reviewed the preparations for the national political campaign of the Party beginning from August 1. Leaders of the Party will be addressing scores of public meetings all over the country to highlight the political platform of the CPI(M) against communalism, for alternative economic policies, for addressing the immediate problems of the farmers and other sections of the working people, for strengthening the public distribution system and for an independent foreign policy.