(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 01, 2009
Central Committee Communiqu�
Central Committee of the Communist Party of
said the UPA-2 was also following the same old neo-liberal policies and
and more aligning with the
Referring to the uncontrollably rising prices of essential commodities, Karat said the government was adamantly refusing to check the price rise. Food prices are constantly going up at a time when a large part of the country is reeling under the impact of a severe drought and floods have created havoc in another part of the country. He informed that the CPI(M) and other Left parties were making preparations to launch a powerful countrywide agitation on the price rise issue. In this regard, conventions are taking place in various states, and state level rallies have been planned in November.
Flaying the government�s capitulation before the US and other western powers, the CPI(M) leader said it was under their pressure that the government was reneging on its known stand in the WTO�s Doha round of negotiations or in those on the climate change.
About the rectification process, Karat said the CC had planned a campaign against the wrong tendencies and shortcomings in the Party�s ranks. He emphatically made the point that it was not a move for any purge in the Party, as some media organisations were propagating, but a campaign to change the outlook of the Party members in accordance with the Marxist values.
sharply condemned the murders the Maoists are committing, adding that
CPI(M) would fight against them through a political campaign in the
country. He pointed out that Maoists were assassinating the cadres of
CPI(M) and other Left parties not in West Bengal alone but in other
They, for example, killed a CPI(M) activist in Chhattisgarh quite
Karat said the CPI(M) does not recognise the Maoists as a left force,
justified the actions the
the claims of tension with
The Central Committee communiqu�, which the CPI(M) general secretary released on this occasion, follows.
The Central Committee expressed its
serious concern at the continuing relentless price rise of food items
all essential commodities. The unprecedented rise in the prices of food
dal, sugar, edible
oil and vegetables is causing immense hardships to the people. Inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) stood at 11.72 per cent in August and the Consumer Price Index (Agricultural Workers) stood at 13.19 in September 2009. Currently
In the face of this alarming price
rise, the attitude of the Congress-led government is shockingly
that it promises is that the prices will come down some time in the
by the Left parties to prohibit speculative futures trading in essential commodities and a crackdown on hoarding have been ignored.
The inaction of the government on the price front has resulted in increased suffering for the ordinary people.
The peasantry and the rural poor have
been badly hit by the severe drought which affected nearly 300
the country. There has been a shortfall in the cultivation of paddy and
The provision of drought relief by the centre and the concerned state governments has been either tardy or non-existent.
At the advent of the Rabi season many
states are facing a situation of unprecedented floods and destruction
crops. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa,
of Kerala have witnessed loss of standing crops due to heavy rainfall and floods.
The Central Committee resolved to continue with the campaign against price rise, for drought relief and for food security. In this connection, the Left parties have been holding conventions and state level rallies will be held in the month of November.
The Central Committee noted that the second UPA government is bent upon pursuing the same neo-liberal policies. The Central Government has embarked upon disinvestment in profitable public sector units including navaratnas like the NTPC. The Government has taken a $ 2 billion loan from the World Bank to recapitalise some public sector banks. Given the World Bank conditionalities, this is a precursor for disinvestment of shares in public sector banks.
The Direct Taxes Code Bill proposed by
the government has several regressive provisions and would lead to a
significant loss of revenue. The corporate tax rate is proposed to be
from 30 per cent to 25
per cent and other measures such as reducing the rate of wealth tax and capital gains and give more relief to the upper bracket of tax payers. The UPA government wants the rich to be richer by cutting taxes. This
also exposes its lack of commitment in raising resources to fund social welfare measures.
The UPA government is also in the
process of implementing neo-liberal reforms in several areas. The
amend the FDI limit in the insurance sector and the legislation to
allow FDI in
are among them.
The Central Committee strongly opposed
the disinvestment of shares in the profitable public sector units. In
connection, the Central Committee fully supported the call of the
unions who are
observing a protest day on October 28 on this and other demands.
SUCCUMBING TO PRESSURE
The Central Committee voiced its strong
disapproval of the way the UPA government is resiling from stated
giving in to pressure of the
The Central Committee decided to mobilise public opinion against the government succumbing to such pressures and adopting positions which are not in the interests of the country.
The Central Committee adopted a
resolution on Climate Change and the stand
The Central Committee noted that the
proposed legislation on Nuclear Liability is being brought to favour
rest on the operators and the Government of India.
3rd December this year marks
the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. The Party
observe this anniversary and highlight the necessity to ensure the
multinational companies who will
supply nuclear reactors to
The Central Committee strongly
condemned the vicious violence unleashed by the Maoist squads in
of the country. In
Since the Lok Sabha elections, in
CPI(M), its offices and houses of its supporters. Many families have been displaced from their homes. Such attacks are taking place in conjunction with the Maoist attacks in the border districts.
The CPI(M) will continue to organise
the people for their legitimate demands and rights. At the same time,
will mobilise the people to resist such attacks. The Party units all
country will step
up their campaign in solidarity with the Party and the Left in
The Central Committee reiterated the Party�s opposition to the terms and conditions of the Free Trade Agreement with the Asean countries which will prove detrimental to agriculture, fisheries and certain sectors of industry.
In this connection, the Central Committee congratulated the Kerala State Committee of the CPI(M) for organising a human chain across the state on October 2 which saw the participation of 20 lakh people.
The recent death of two persons
carrying explosives in
In the situation obtaining after the
crushing of the LTTE, two and a half lakh people of Tamil origin have
living in refugee camps in the Northern region. The Sri Lankan
rehabilitate and return people to their homes within six months. Yet, this process has not taken place as planned. The Government of India must exert all efforts to ensure the speedy return of all displaced
people and their full rehabilitation. There are concerns about human rights violations which needs to be investigated and addressed by the Sri Lankan government.
The Sri Lankan Government has not yet taken any effective steps for a political solution to the Tamil problem by providing full autonomy in the Tamil-speaking areas. The Central Committee urged the Sri Lankan government to take meaningful steps in this direction. The Government of India should take political and diplomatic measures in this regard.
The Central Committee discussed and
adopted a document for initiating a rectification campaign in the
process of the rectification campaign at the political, ideological and
organisational level is to
remove the wrong trends and shortcomings so that the Party emerges more unified and strengthened. The recent document has updated the 1996 rectification campaign report and is based on the experience of the
Party in the last twelve years.
The document has prepared guidelines for strengthening democratic centralism as the organisational principle of the Party, ensuring proper integration of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary work, maintenance of communist norms and values and remoulding the outlook of the Party members towards upholding progressive values. Guidelines for conducting the rectification campaign have been set out. The rectification campaign based on this document will be initiated at all levels of the Party.