(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 12, 2012
TWENTIETH STATE CONFERENCE OF TRIPURA
Intensify Struggles Against
Neo- liberal Policies
THE struggle against the onslaught of the neo-liberal policies of the centre has to be intensified further. The Party shall have to mobilise more and more people of the toiling sections into this struggle. This was stated by the CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat at the mass meeting of the CPI(M) Tripura twentieth state conference at the Stable Ground, Agartala on January 29.
The city of
Prakash Karat in his speech said, our Party functions in a democratic method. From the lowest organisational unit to the highest level, conferences are held regularly where all the pertinent issues are discussed, future course of action is decided upon and the new leadership is elected. Unlike us, bourgeois parties like the Congress do not follow these democratic procedures.
Referring to the crisis of
at the international level for the last four years, Prakash Karat said,
capitalist system is yet to find a way out of this crisis. As a result
crisis, unemployment is on the rise in the
Karat said, the UPA
government at the
centre has been implementing the same neo-liberal policies in our
country for the
last eight years and the impact is there for all to see. The Manmohan
claims that there has been tremendous economic growth, but its fruits
limited to a miniscule of the population. The numbers of dollar
have increased from 9 to 55 in these 20 years of liberalisation. But
to the governmentís own statistics, 2.56 lakhs of farmers have
suicide between 1995 and 2010 because of indebtedness. 27 farmers have
committed suicide in
Karat said the central government has achieved a notorious record of keeping the rate of food inflation at more than 10 per cent for more than 38 months in a row. At the same time it has created a record in corruption. This has hit the poor and toiling people the hardest. In spite of Supreme Courtís advice to distribute the 6 crores MTs of food grains lying in the godowns, the government refuses to distribute them free of cost to the poor. Now, the government has filed an affidavit to the effect that those who earn 32 rupees a day in cities and rupees 26 in rural areas will not be treated as poor. This new definition of poverty will deprive the majority of the poor from various opportunities like ration, job etc. We have not seen a more corrupt government since independence. When the Lokpal bill was before the country to be passed, this government tried to weaken by making it a Sarkari Lokpal, and refused to pass it in the Rajya Sabha when amendments were brought to strengthen it.
Karat said, CPI(M) is for a strong and effective Lokpal. At the same time we feel the policies of the neo-liberalisation have to be changed if the root of the corruption, the evil nexus of politicians- corporates and bureaucracy is to be done away with. Karat said, the neo liberal policies pursued by the centre as a part of its collaboration with the imperialism are resulting in oppression, exploitation and corruption. The CPI(M) is fighting against these policies.
He opined that because of
CPI(M)ís resistance to the neo-liberal policies, it is under severe
all reactionary forces who wish to weaken the Party. The onslaught on
since the last 3 years in
Karat said, the Left Front government in Tripura has shown an alternative way of governance. The state is ranked first in the implementation of MGNREGA and the forest rights act. The state is a model in combating insurgency. Everybody admits that this government is honest and transparent. Karat called for supporting the Party to take Tripura further forward.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and chief minister Manik Sarkar said, our government is rowing against the tide to ensure development of the state. The central government is implementing policies that are anti people. We are being pressurised to implement those policies in the state as well. We are vehemently opposing the neo Ėliberal policies of the centre and implementing developmental programs, despite all odds.
Elaborating the success of the state government, Manik Sarkar said the food production of the state has increased. We are on the way to achieve self sufficiency in vegetables, meat, fish and egg production. 97 per cent of the population of the state has been covered with health services, now almost all kinds of higher education can be pursued within the state itself. The central government itself is acknowledging the success of the state in MGNREGA. The state has been awarded 10-11 prizes for its success in different fields of development. Though the centre has asked us not to give government jobs anymore, we have clearly told them that we cannot and will not close down the avenue of government employment. The centre is trying to block the avenues of development of the state by depriving us of about 10,500 crores of rupees through the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission. The opposition is trying to mislead the masses through misinformation campaigns and slanders. They are trying to create anarchy in the state and also hope to come back to power by rejuvenating the extremists. He called upon the masses to defeat all kinds of conspiracies and further strengthen the Left Front government in the state.
CPI(M) state committee secretary Bijan Dhar said, the seventh Left Front government will be formed after the assembly elections. We have to engage our efforts towards that goal from now on. He severely criticised the union home minister P Chidambaram for not allowing this huge mass meeting to take place at Assam Rifles ground. He said Chidambaram has given a false excuse for doing so by saying that the ground has never been used for political purpose. This is a blatant lie. A number of political rallies have taken place in that ground in the past. He himself was present in one of such rallies with late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
CPI(M) Central Committee member Aghor Debbarma said, only the communists work for the cause of development of the tribal and non tribal masses. Only through joint struggle of the tribal-non tribal workers and peasants, we can resist the anti people policies of the centre. We have to build our organisation in such a way that the opposition does not get a single seat in the coming elections.
Earlier, the state conference unanimously elected an 83-member state committee with inclusion of 3 new members. The state committee immediately met on the dais of the conference and declared amid high applause, a 14-member state secretariat with Rama Das as a new entrant and Bijan Dhar as secretary re-elected.
(Detailed report of the conference will be published next week)