(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 05, 2009
BENGAL Left Front met on June
25, 2009 at the Muzaffar
Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata. Biman Basu, chairman, led the discussion.
The Left Front leadership in
attendance at the meeting
earlier took up the issue of violence committed with impunity on the
the goons and professional hoods in the pay and protection of the
Political programmes have
already taken place at the
initiative of the Left Front in major cities and townships of
The present meeting dwelled on the mapping out of a precise scenario where the political campaign had the participatory presence of the people themselves, irrespective of their electoral inclination. �Common people,� or �sadharan manush,� were the two important words in the resolve that the Front leadership chose to focus the political highlight on.
The Front chose to stress on such particular programmes touching the sadharan manush in the townships as amongst the hamlets as the rectification of anomalies in the BPL listings; the extended implementation of the NREGA; the work of furnishing of fertilisers, supply-side qualitative and quantitative improvements in pesticides, higher-yield and pest-resistant seeds-seedlings and so on. The district-specific issues touching the people are to be identified and implemented appropriately at the level of the district.
Taking up the BPL issue, the Left Front leadership felt that the factor of correct identification of people eligible to be brought in the purview of BPL contained lacunae. A section of the impoverished faced problems of livelihoods � and of lives � because of the anomalous situation. Inclusion in the BPL list, Biman Basu pointed out, entailed the cascading benefits of free healthcare as well as of PDS-supplied essential goods of daily consumption at a lower array of prices.
There was an associated problem
to which the LF
chairman drew the attention of the media. There remained a plethora of
Dwelling on the NREGA, the Left Front thought that weaknesses persisted in the implementation of the programme. Biman Basu would mention �various difficulties,� that would seem to have set the programme back a while. The Left Front leadership agreed that it must be probed how newer projects could be included in the NREGA programme without flouting or causing anomalies to occur in the concerned central government act. Citing examples, he mentioned the task of erecting bunds, earthen or otherwise, in the districts affected by the recent and devastation-causing cyclonic storm.
FARM WORK TO
Noting specifically the shortcomings in the supply of farm �productive collaterals� like seeds, pesticides and fertilisers, Biman Basu noted a few precise points in this connection. He said that supplies often failed to turn up in good time. In the case of seeds and seedlings, errors of choice have turned up often. Citing instances Biman said that to the astonishment and often dismay of the farmer, the seeds purchased proved to produce crops of a variety different from that anticipated.
The district units of the Left
Front have been asked
to meet and put in motion a wide-ranging political campaign on all the
The campaign-movements will take place in series, at the levels of the
the sub-divisions, and the districts, with each tier of movement
organisation of deputation to the concomitant levels of state
administration. The matters touching the
people�s peace and
security would be placed before the various levels of the police
at the same time. Rallies would be
in a lengthy schedule all over
THE LATERITE ZONE
Biman Basu also dwelled on the
issue of development of
the western part of
The Left Front leadership focussed on the need to speed up development further in the laterite zone of Bengal where most of the poor villages of the state are located. The majority of the Gram Panchayats and the Panchayat Samities of the blocks affected with �Maoist� depredations, e.g., Binpur I and Binpur II, are controlled for some time now by an ally of the �Maoists,� the Jharkhandis. The decentralised plans and programmes were deliberately not implemented in these blocks by the forces of division.
Biman Basu mentioned a case that
he knew of to
exemplify the anti-poor behaviour of the Jharkhandis.
Much in a similar vein, the �Maoists� have indulged in acts of commission including blasting of land mines to destroy both roads and road-making machines. Government offices and tourist bungalows, one recalls in this connection, have been blown up, repeatedly. Road rollers have been set a-fire, and cement mixers have been dragged off into forests and systematically dismantled. Communication network has been torn down for communication is something of which �Maoists� are always afraid. The Left Front urged upon the state government to add a further and fresh impetus to the ongoing developmental work in the laterite zone of Bengal in particular.