(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
CPI(M) Chalks Out Action Plan
at Chandigarh on September 13 and 14,
the Punjab state committee of the
Communist Party of India
(Marxist) unanimously elected Charan
Singh Virdi as the state secretary of the party.
Singh Bassi presided over the meeting which Polit Bureau member S
Pillai and Central Secretariat member Nilotpal Basu attended from the
a resolution on political developments in the state, the state
expressed grave concern over the resurfacing of fundamentalism and
which may again disrupt peace and communal harmony in Punjab.
The state committee took note of the murder of an RSS leader in
Patiala, the murder
of a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda at Mansa, the violent action at
railway station in which Babbar Khalsa activist Bhotna was arrested,
of cases of heroin smuggling, and the series of looting cases including
of banks and recovery of fake currency etc. It said that that when we
these incidents in the context of abetment and support to the
elements from across the boarder by the ISI, the strained relations
India and Pakistan and the US imperialist conspiracies for
and other third world countries, a clear picture emerges showing that
is again raising its ugly head. The increased propaganda activities of
also suggest that an emotional ground is again being prepared for the
serious note of this situation, the state committee felt that to combat
a four-pronged strategy should be adopted immediately. These steps are
Appropriate measures should be taken to end the ongoing agrarian crisis
jobs given to the unemployed youth.
Chandigarh should be transferred to
Punjab, the river
water disputes and territorial claims and counter claims must be
in the framework of the Rajiv-Longowal accord, the centre-state
relations must be
restructured to give more autonomy to states, and the states must be
per cent share of the consolidated fund of India.
An ideological campaign for secularism must be launched in opposition
and communalism and for communal harmony.
Stringent administrative measures should be taken against the
state committee also demanded from the central government that the
arrangement should continue in respect to the administration of the
That is, the decision of
handing over the administration of UT Chandigarh to a separate chief
from November 16, 2009 should be scrapped and the governor of Punjab
should continue holding the additional charge as its administrator. The
government should keep in mind that Chandigarh
belongs to Punjab and needs to be transferred to Punjab
at the earliest as envisaged in the Rajiv-Longowal accord.
the outset, the state committee paid revolutionary tributes to its
leaders, viz Comrade Subhash Chakravarty, sports minister and state
member of the CPI(M) in West Bengal,
Principal Gurbachan Singh Bhullar, Ronki Ram and Bailt Singh Daangarh.
to another news, the Punjab state
the CPI(M) has chalked out a phased programme of struggle and campaign
price rise, for relief of drought and for food security. As a part of
state level convention will be held at Jalandhar on October 5, and a
level protest rally at Chandigarh
in the first week of December will be held jointly with CPI.
state committee noted with concern that the skyrocketing prices of
commodities, particularly food articles, have hit very hard the
industrial workers, agricultural workers, poor peasants and others. The
hike of 12.45 per cent in power tariff by the Badal government has
further unbearable burden upon the people, and will have a cascading
state committee had demanded the following immediate steps to control
crushing price rise:
Forward trading in the essential commodities should be stopped.
Petrol and diesel price hike and the recent power tariff hike should be
Stringent measures should be taken against boarders and black
stocks must be de-hoarded.
Public distribution system must be strengthened, with ensured supply of
essential commodities at subsidised rates.
state committee felt that the cost of paddy production has increased in
Punjab because of drought and
deficient rainfall and hence
the centre and the Badal government must adequately compensate the
this increased burden. The state committee demanded a bonus of Rs 150
quintal over and above an increase in the MSP of paddy to Rs 1400 per
state committee also took note of the grave power crisis in Punjab,
asking the Punjab government to take
steps to complete the pending power
generation projects by the targeted February 2012. It also demanded
the moves to divide the Punjab State Electricity Board must be
view of the harrowing experience of unbundling and privatisation of
boards in other states.
demand was that the Badal government must revamp the government schools
hospitals, allotting more funds and making immediate recruitment of
doctors and paramedical staff.
state committee also demanded withdrawal of the enhanced court fees. (INN)