(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 14, 2010
State Tribal Workshop Sets Tasks For Growth
“OUR work in the tribal areas of
This two-day workshop was
organised at the beautiful
hilly location of Saptashrungi Gad in Nashik district. The CPI(M)
district committee had organised the workshop excellently. A total of
delegates, including 13 women, from Thane, Nashik, Nandurbar,
Three written notes were circulated amongst the delegates on the following topics – 1) Party’s perspective regarding questions of tribals, issues of struggle and building of our mass base, 2) The different government schemes for tribals and 3) Party plan for our work in tribal areas. These topics were explained by CPI(M) Central Committee member Kumar Shiralkar, state secretariat member Jiva Pandu Gavit, ex-MLA, and state secretariat member Mariam Dhawale respectively. Kumar Shiralkar also explained the importance of conducting a survey and studying different aspects of an issue to be taken up for struggle and the methodology of conducting a survey.
Veteran state committee member L B Dhangar, who has been working amongst the adivasis in Thane district since the 1950s along with the legendary leaders Comrades Shamrao and Godavari Parulekar, gave an inspiring account of the historic adivasi revolt and roused the delegates to dedicate their lives for the uplift of the tribals and for strengthening the Party.
A lively discussion and question-answer session followed the placing of every topic. Several delegates spoke, and they not only narrated their experiences but also gave valuable suggestions for building and strengthening our mass base in the tribal areas.
In the concluding session of the
state secretary Dr Ashok Dhawale said that the tribal population in
is 90 lakhs, which is nine per cent of the population of
He spoke of the adverse impact
of the neo-liberal
policies pursued by the central and state governments on the tribal
After consultation with the several state committee members of the Party attending the workshop, Ashok Dhawale outlined the eleven tasks to be implemented as follows:
· To identify issues for survey in some villages in every tehsil in each district.
· To pay attention towards organising struggles for the implementation of the Forest Rights Act and NREGA.
· To take forward our struggle for food security.
· To campaign for starting the ‘doorstep ration supply’ scheme.
· To take up struggles on local problems, and continuously keep a follow-up till they are solved.
· To encourage the growth of all mass organisations, especially the student, youth and women’s organisations in tribal areas.
· To activate the Party units and hold monthly meetings of the units.
· To enrol subscribers for the state Party weekly ‘Jeevanmarg’.
· To hold tribal workshops in districts.
· To identify the seats to be fought in the zilla parishad and panchayat samiti elections to be held in March 2012.
· To generate Party wholetimers for work in the tribal areas.