(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 27, 2013
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of
Committee expressed its
deep concern at the continuing armed conflict in
Committee condemned the
efforts of the
ON THE PEOPLE
The Central Committee discussed the new burdens imposed on the people by the UPA government. The price rise of essential commodities continues to be relentless. The Consumer Price Index inflation rate has gone up from 9.5 per cent in October 2012 to 10.56 per cent in December 2012. There is no respite in the price rise of wheat, rice, pulses and other food items.
It is at this juncture that the UPA government has announced steps to deregulate the price of diesel. This will lead to the continuous rise in the price of diesel which will affect transportation and fuel inflation. Farmers will be badly hit. Such deregulation will allow oil companies to raise prices to match international levels. These are much higher than domestic cost of production, permitting the oil companies to reap windfall profits at the expense of imposing unprecedented burdens on the people.
Even before the railway budget has been presented, the UPA government has increased the railway passenger fares across the board. The government has announced a National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy that will effectively nullify the drug pricing control regime and allow the MNC and big pharmaceutical companies to continue to reap big profits. The Rangarajan committee’s recommendation for the total decontrol of the sugar industry, if implemented, is going to adversely affect the sugarcane farmers and have a cascading effect on the price of sugar for the PDS beneficiaries.
The Central Committee called upon its Party units to intensify the struggles against price-rise and the anti-people policies of the UPA government.
The Central Committee strongly opposes the move to extend the Cash Transfer Scheme to replace subsidised foodgrains, fertilizers, cooking gas and kerosene. In a period of high inflation, cash transfer to replace subsidized goods is meant to actually cut subsidies since the cash to be transferred will not cover the increased cost of the same amount of subsidized foodgrains or fertilizers. Cash transfer in place of foodgrains would end up dismantling the public distribution system. It will lead to increasing malnutrition and hunger in the country.
It is illegal for the UPA government to link the various welfare schemes including MNREGA to the Aadhar-UID scheme. The Bill proposed for the UID has not been passed by parliament. In fact, the Standing Committee has rejected the Bill and called for its redrafting.
Committee expressed its
indignation and condemnation of the alarming increase of
sexual assaults on
women. The horrific gangrape and murder of a 23 year old
paramedical student in
The CPI(M) has already submitted a memorandum to the Verma Committee suggesting various measures including life imprisonment for cases of rape and rigorous life imprisonment with no remission for cases of aggravated sexual assault like gangrape and sexual assaults on children.
In this connection, the Central Committee condemned the sexist and anti-women comments from a range of public figures including political leaders and so-called spiritual leaders. The Central Committee strongly rejected the demeaning views expressed by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the reactionary views of Asaram, the so-called spiritual leader.
The Central Committee called upon the Party and the democratic mass organisations to take the lead to intervene promptly wherever women are subjected to violence and sexual assaults and to take the lead to fight patriarchal notions and male chauvinism in all spheres of society.
The Central Committee condemned the continuing attacks and violence against the CPI(M) and the Left Front cadres. Since the assembly elections in May 2011, 85 members and supporters of the CPI(M) have been killed. The latest illustration is the assault on Abdur Razzak Mollah, former minister and senior leader of the Party. Following this assault, people going to a protest rally were also attacked with three people suffering bullet injuries and many vehicles set ablaze.
The chief minister and the TMC government are encouraging these attacks keeping in view the forthcoming panchayat elections. The Central Committee strongly demanded an end to such violence and intimidation and peaceful conditions be established for the holding of the panchayat elections in a free and fair manner.
Committee expressed its
serious concern at the deteriorating economic and living
conditions of the
Committee heard a report
on the activities and the movements conducted by the CPI(M)
and the Left Front.
The Central Committee extended its full support and
solidarity to the Party and
the Left Front in
Committee noted that even
after six months of the ethnic clashes in the BTAD area in
The Central Committee demanded that the state government take immediate measures for the return of all those living in the camps to their homes and their full rehabilitation.
With the collapse of the BJP-JMM coalition government in Jharkhand, President’s rule has been imposed. The CPI(M) demands the dissolution of the assembly and the holding of fresh elections without delay.
The Central Committee exhorted all its Party units to complete the mass signature campaign on food security and for a universal public distribution system being conducted by the Left Parties. The good response to the signature campaign indicates that more than five crore signatures will be collected. These will be submitted to the prime minister when the budget session of parliament begins in February.
Committee finalised the
programme of the all
The four jathas
will be from
Kanyakumari to Delhi led by Ramachandran Pillai; Kolkata to
Delhi led by
Prakash Karat; Mumbai to Delhi led by Sitaram Yechury; and
Amritsar to Delhi
led by Brinda Karat. Jathas to link up with the main jathas
will be conducted
The jathas which will begin from February 25 and the first week of March will culminate in a mass rally in Delhi on March 19, 2013.