Patna: The CPI on Wednesday said the appointment of
a high-level Special Investigation Team by the Supreme Court
was a "slap" on the face of the Centre and that the UPA lacked
will to unearth black money stashed away abroad.
Accusing the Centre of dithering in disclosing names of
people who had kept black money abroad, CPI National General
Secretary A B Bardhan told reporters here that the apex
court`s appointment of SIT "was a slap on the face of the
Centre for its inaction to deal with the black money issue."
"The UPA government simply lacks will to make public the
names of people who have stashed black money abroad," he
He said the UPA government had increased the price of
kerosene, diesel and LPG cylinders hurting the common man and
suggested universalisation of the public distribution system
to ensure that the poor were assured of food security.
The Centre should also speed up the process for defining
the criterion of poor and identify their numbers so as to
include them in the ambit of the proposed food security bill.
He also demanded repeal of the `colonial` Land
Acquisition Act, 1894, and replacement with new legislation
with pro-farmer and pro-production features.
The new land acquisition policy should incorporate
provisions for barring acquisition of fertile land for
industries, he said and criticised the Naveen Patnaik
government in Orissa for acquiring land for the Posco steel
plant in Jagatsinghpur district in Orissa and said that the
locals there were rightly resisting it.
He also said there should be unity among communist
parties on an unification agenda.