(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 18, 2009
TAMILNADU CONVENTION ON FOOD, PRICE RISE
One Lakh to Court Arrest on
Pandhe addressing the joint convention of CPI(M) and CPI on Right to
Food in Chennai.
A A Nainar
venue of the state level convention demanding right to food for the
poor people was overflowing with determined cadres of the Left parties
general public in Chennai. Their anger against the callous attitude of
central and state governments, which had failed to check the steep rise
prices of all essential commodities, got more pronounced after hearing
fiery speeches of the all
convention was held on 7 October as a part of the call given by the
on right to food held that was held in
G Ramakrishnan, Central Committee member of the CPI(M) and C Mahendran, deputy general secretary of the CPI presided over the convention. G Beema Rao, CPI(M) south Chennai district secretary welcomed the gathering. The resolution moved by G Ramakrishnan demanding food security, seeking reduction of prices of essential commodities and suggesting ways and means to achieve them was adopted with thunderous applause.
Pandhe, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) started his speech by saying
price rise is manmade and government’s policies alone are responsible
misery of the common man. He made a forceful plea to ban ‘futures
essential commodities and for strengthening the public distribution
system. He criticised
the media for showing extra interest on the ups and downs of the
on daily basis while ignoring the soaring prices of essential
economic meltdown and the impact of it on the common man were dealt in
by Pandhe. He demanded a stimulus package for ordinary people who are
affected because of the crisis. He narrated how on the one hand 48
billionaires’ have amassed assets equal to 25 per cent of our GDP and
A B Bardhan, general secretary, CPI recalled that the Left parties withdrew their support to the previous UPA government not only on the issue of the nuclear deal with US but also for its failure to control the prices. As such, the present struggle is only a continuation of the one that began last year. He explained in detail how the global economic crises affected the poor the most. D Pandian, state secretary, CPI dwelt at length about the anti-people measures of the ruling DMK government in Tamilnadu. He made a fervent plea to mobilise large number of people throughout Tamilnadu to fill the jails during the picketing programme being organised before the government offices on 17 November.
the concluding speech of the convention, Varadarajan gave a clarion
mobilising one lakh people in the picketing programme to press for food
security and to control the spiraling prices. W
R Varadarajan, Central Committee member of
the CPI(M) and A M Gopu, National Council member of the CPI had also
the convention. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks proposed by
in the prices of petroleum products.
2. Take stringent action against hoarders, speculators and black-marketers.
distribution machinery to ensure that everyone gets the 20 Kilogram
edible oil, dal, sugar and other essential food articles are
through public distribution system.
additional outlets through public distribution system and co-operative
and make available essential commodities at subsidised rates during