(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 02, 200
Call for Protest Actions against Price Rise
The left parties --- the CPI(M), CPI, AIFB and RSP --- issued the following statement on July 25, 2009.
THE increase in the prices of essential commodities, particularly of food items, has become unbearable for the people. The prices of all pulses (dal) have shot up to such an extent, with some varieties priced between Rs 80 and 100 per kg, that the common people cannot afford them any more. The prices of edible oil, vegetables, rice, wheat and other food items have also been increasing without respite.
The price rise has also been fuelled by the callous decision of the UPA government to increase the prices of petrol and diesel. The prospects of drought in many states due to deficient monsoon will further put pressure on the prices of food items.
The Left parties have decided to jointly conduct an anti-price rise agitation to demand that the government take immediate and effective steps to curb price rise of essential commodities.
The Left parties are instructing
party units to jointly conduct the agitation in the states to mobilise
the people against price rise.
The major demands are:
1. Provide dal and edible oil at subsidised rates through the public distribution system.
the public distribution system by expanding the
BPL category and restore the allocation for the APL categories as an
towards universalisation of PDS
3. Scrap the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel.
4. Prohibit futures trading in all food related items.
Signatures to the statement are CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan, AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas and RSP general secretary T J Chandrachoodan.