(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
TRIPURA STATE CONFERENCE
to Build Wider Unity of Toiling Masses
Tripura unit organised its 12th state conference from February 2 to 4
in the Belonia
subdivision of South Tripura, with
rechristened as Comrade Jyoti Basu Nagar. A total of 515 delegates
conference. The delegates session took place at the Comrade Chittabrata
Majumdar Mancha in the Town Hall. The flag hoisting by CITU president
Dr M K
Pandhe, was followed by homage-paying at the martyrs column.
fortress of mass movements, the town of Belonia
witnessed a huge turnout at the open rally held at the BKI ground.
people belonging to the working class, peasantry and agricultural
and women belonging to the tribal as well as non-tribal population,
rally in militant processions. Speaking at the meeting, Dr Pandhe said
the elections the Congress had promised to bring down the prices of
commodities, but in reality the people have witnessed a spiralling rise
prices. All the trade unions including INTUC and BMS have demanded
the price rise and strengthening of the PDS, but the central government
to buy rice and wheat from the peasants and is encouraging forward
Because of the central policies, the PDS is in a shambles. The
failed to keep its promise to reopen the closed factories also.
on the rise. The government itself has admitted the fact that only a
days of work in average could be provided under the NREGA. The
start an employment programme for the urban poor has not been
Tripura with its very limited resources has started such a scheme for
time in India.
Pandhe said the global economic recession has affected India
least one crore people have lost jobs. The centre is unconcerned about
has doled out relief packages worth two lakh crores to recompense the
profit of the corporates. All over the country, labour laws are being
Working hours have increased from 8 to 12. Initiatives are on to take
existing rights of the working class in favour of the capitalists.
workers are not getting any benefit from the law enacted for them.
is increasing; 52 corporate magnets are controlling 25 per cent of the
resources; Mukesh Ambani has gifted his wife an aeroplane worth Rs 249
The government is out to sell the PSUs which Nehru termed as temples of
trend is not resisted forthwith, the disparities will increase further.
the coming days will be of intense struggles. If the broader unity of
toiling masses is not forged to take on this challenge, the working
have to bear the burnt of much more subjugation.
chief minister Manik Sarkar described the situation in the country as
worrisome, with workers losing jobs, unemployment rising, farmers not
remunerative price, food security at stake and the common people being
because of the rising prices. However, Tripura is committed to ensure
of essential commodities to at least 97 per cent of the population. We
that the centre must provide at least 14 commodities at all over India
identical prices. But the centre is reluctant as it harms the
hoarders and black marketers who sponsor the huge electoral expenses of
class parties. Sarkar accused that US imperialists and the forces of
have aligned to mount murderous attacks against the communists in West Bengal. But they should know that we are
He cautioned against the attempts to rejuvenate the extremist groups
ADC elections and called for carrying forward the struggle for peace
vice president Shyamal Chakrobarty dwelt on the relentless attack on
and Left in West Bengal, with the TMC
so called Maoists having joined hands to murder the CPI(M) cadres. But
not succumb and emerge victorious just as Tripura successfully defeated
terror regime of 1988-93.
state president Manik Dey and state general secretary Pijush Nag also
finance minister and CPI(M) Central Committee member Badal Choudhury
inaugurated the delegates session following the mass meeting. He said
is trying to
control the agenda --- from the issue of global economic recession to
warming. The national scenario too is grim. Factories are being closed,
are losing jobs, unorganised workers have no security. Trade union
being snatched away. He mentioned the ASSP, TUEP and other pro- worker
the Tripura left front government has taken despite resource
the forces of reaction are also active. The slogan of a separate state
the ADC elections is but a ploy to weaken the unity of the toiling
Nag placed the political organisational report on behalf of the CITU
February 3, Shyamal Chakraborty addressed the session. Dwelling in
the problems of the unorganised sector and CITUís approach about it, he
the trade union movement must not remain confined to economic demands
the workers politically conscious. We must strive to achieve a lasting
between the organised urban working class and the rural peasants and
total of 40 delegates from 19 district committees participated in the
discussion on the report, stressing the need to forge a wider unity of
toiling masses to forge a relentless struggle against price rise. The
on organising more movements on local demands. A number of delegates
solidarity with West Bengal, highlighted the problems of Anganwari and
workers, called for further strengthening of the state labour
department, and highlighted
the problem of brick kiln workers and rubber plantation workers who are
exploited by the so called progressive owners. Some delegates demanded
wage for the women working as domestic help.
to the delegatesí intervention, Manik Dey said there could be no
solution to the misery of the workers without uprooting the system
unleashes attacks on the working masses. For it, we need an
is politically and ideologically equipped to take on capitalism. The
policies of the Congress and BJP are but reflections of their class
wrong understanding of this will lead the trade union movement to
He said within its limited resources the Left Front government is
the people, and has given them a life of dignity. Hence it is the duty
CITU to rally more and more people in support of this government, to
huge victory to the Left Front in the ensuing ADC elections and
struggles of the working class with wider unity of the toiling masses.
Pijush Nag too replied to the discussion.
elected an 87-member state committee inducting 21 new faces, with Manik
Pijush Nag re-elected as president and general secretary respectively.