CPI(M) blames UPA for price rise, announces country wide stir
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 20:55
New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government, CPI(M) on Sunday said the first three months of its rule has been marked by relentless price rise of essential commodities and blamed it for not doing enough to control the situation.

Giving a call for a nation wide stir with other parties on the issue of price rise, CPI(M) said at the end of its two-day full Polit Bureau meeting that though half the country has been hit by drought owing to deficient monsoon, "the UPA government has done little to address the situation besides liberalising imports of commodities like sugar and announcing a diesel subsidy for the farmers".

The Polit Bureau said it will hold rallies in all state capitals in November and raise the issue of price rise and food security. It appealed to all its party units to make the campaign a success.

It added that the "drought is going to lead to a fall in agricultural production with rice production being badly hit. This will further aggravate the price situation. The drought will cause great hardship to poor peasants and agricultural workers who will suffer from lack of employment".

In a statement, the The Polit Bureau reiterated steps like banning all future trading in essential commodities, strengthening the public distribution system, and dehoarding, which it said would check price rise.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau also expressed concern that the government has signed a free trade agreement with ASEAN countries despite apprehensions raised about its adverse effects.

It claimed that state governments which are going to affected by such an agreement, were not consulted.

On WTO talks, the party while referring to last week's informal ministerial meeting held here on Doha Round of negotiations on trade talks, said "the Indian initiative to break the so called deadlocked is intriguing.

"Last year, when India had taken a firm stand in defence of its agriculture sector and farmers, the talks had been deadlocked.

"The text being negotiated does not provide effective protection to livelihood of millions of small and marginal farmers against surge of cheap imports of products from the advance countries who continue to heavily subsidise them," the party's Polit Bureau noted.

It added that in case of non-agricultural market access (NAMA) the tilt against developing countries is more blatant.

The party urged the government not to take any steps which compromise the interests of farmers.

On the End Use Monitoring Agreement signed during Hillary Clinton's visit, which provides for inspections of weapons and equipment bought from the US, CPI(M) said "these intrusive inspections are an affront to India's sovereignty".

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 20:55

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