(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 13, 2010
POLIT BUREAU COMMUNIQUE
CPI(M) to Take up Food Security, Price Rise Issues
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party
Polit Bureau expressed its strong condemnation and outrage at the
Israeli armed forces on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid
is highly regrettable that the UPA government has not even condemned
& Its Aftermath
Polit Bureau heard a preliminary report on the elections to 81
Polit Bureau strongly condemns the attack launched by the Trinamul
its allies in various parts of
The Polit Bureau appeals to all democratic forces to condemn such violence which is a blatant violation of minimum democratic norms. The central government should look into the role of its own cabinet minister in inciting such violence.
The Polit Bureau noted that various communal and caste forces are being mobilised against the CPI(M) and the LDF government. These forces are sought to be consolidated behind the Congress-led UDF. The increasing intervention of religious and communal bodies in politics does not augur well for the secular polity in Kerala.
The CPI(M) will conduct a vigorous campaign against the interference of sectarian and communal forces in the political affairs of the state.
There are reports that the government is considering a further increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and other petroleum products. This will be totally unwarranted and impose a crushing burden on the people in view of the continuing increase in food prices and inflation. The Polit Bureau warns the government not to increase the prices of petroleum products.
Despite the declaration of the prime minister a few months ago that the “worst of food inflation is over,” the food inflation rate continues to remain extremely high at over 16.5 per cent. This signifies the utter failure of the UPA in checking price rise. The government is stubbornly refusing to reverse the neo-liberal policies causing price rise. Even today, the buffer stocks of over four crore tonnes of foodgrains are rotting in Government godowns. Yet these stocks are not being used to restore the huge cut in foodgrains allocations to the states for APL sections who have been wrongly excluded from the public distribution system.
In this context, the CPI(M) opposes the present approach of the UPA government on the Food Security Bill, which seeks to provide legal sanction to the exclusion of vast sections of the people from the PDS based on the flawed poverty estimates. This will be even worse than the current situation where the states can move towards a universal PDS combining their own schemes with central allocations. The government is not interested in expanding the right to food for the food insecure population. It is calculating the numbers of poor to restrict the beneficiaries in order to save resources and restrict food subsidy. The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) reiterates its demands for a universalised system of PDS with at least 35 kg of foodgrains allocation per family at a maximum rate of two rupees a kilo.
Left parties are holding a convention on July 1 in
The Polit Bureau demanded that the UPA government table the Action Taken Report on the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra commission. The recommendations pertain to reservation in jobs and education for minorities on the basis of their social and educational backward status. There has been undue delay in acting upon the report and this should be taken up in the monsoon session of parliament.
Polit Bureau condemned in the strongest terms the derailment of the
The CPI(M) had earlier pointed out the wide ramifications of the IPL affairs which involve large-scale money transactions and illegal activities in the name of a cricket. The manner in which the BCCI and the IPL body have conducted the bids and the franchising have raised a host of issues. The matter cannot be disposed off with some routine enquiries conducted by the agencies under the finance ministry. What is required is a full-fledged probe. This should be done by a joint parliamentary committee.
of the CC
The Polit Bureau discussed the outline of a draft document for the extended meeting of the Central Committee to be held in August. The PB will meet again on July 3 and 4 to finalise the draft to be presented to the Central Committee.