Divide between the rich and the poor has increased: Karat

Criticising the Congress led UPA government`s economic policies, CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat has said that poor people in the country have become poorer while the rich have become richer.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2010, 11:59 AM IST

Agartala: Criticising the Congress led UPA government`s economic policies, CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat has said that poor people in the country have become
poorer while the rich have become richer.

"In the last ten years, poor became poorer and rich became richer due to the liberal economic policy of the UPA government. The women are the worst sufferer of the policy as they are suffering from malnutrition and anaemia," she said.

While addressing Ganatantrik Nari Samity, the women wing of the CPI-M, here yesterday she said that the government has forgotten its pre-poll promise of providing food security.
"Despite having food, more than six crore tonnes were rotting in godowns as they have refused to distribute foods through fair price shops to all sections of people in the
country," Karat said.

"The government is protecting the interests of the `Khaas Aadmi` instead of the `aam aadmi`," she alleged adding food inflation rose to 16 percent and prices of essentials
commodities exceeded all previous records.

"The Maoists, in league with the Trinamool Congress, has hatched a conspiracy to topple the Left Front government in West Bengal because it is protecting the interests of the poor people and the UPA government is giving them silent support," the CPI-M leader said.

In the implementation of MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee) scheme and other welfare schemes for the marginalised sections, Tripura has set an example in the country, Karat said.

PTI