The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statements on October 22.
FOLLOWING the Supreme Court order quashing the allocation of 214 coal blocks, the Modi government seems to have decided to promulgate an ordinance empowering the government to take back these coal blocks and reallocate them to private entities through an e-auction.
CPI(M) General Secretary, Prakash Karat, has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav on October 18 seeking the release of those arrested in Meerut on the false charges of rape. The following is the full text of the letter.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on October 17, 2014.
SHRAMEV Jayate Karyakram, inaugurated by the prime minister on October 16 with much fanfare, means nothing much to the working people in the country.
The Universal Account Number for Employees Provident Fund Subscribers facilitating portability, in case of change in employment was being worked out for the last few years. The present government has just signalled its implementation.
THE BJP which had promised the creation of jobs as its prime election slogan has openly declared war on MGNREGA, the only demand driven legal guarantee for employment of at least 100 days a year per family in rural India. The legislation, though poorly implemented, had brought some relief to the unemployed and underemployed rural poor. According to the Economic Survey presented by the BJP finance minister Arun Jaitley in June this year, under this legislation 4.5 crore households had been provided an average of 45 days work in 2013-2014 at an average daily wage of Rs 132.
FOLLOWING the recent elections to the state assemblies, the BJP is all set to form a government on the basis of its own strength in Haryana and a government led by it in Maharashtra. These results have come after the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in government for a long fifteen years and a Congress government in Haryana for two successive times lasting ten years. This has been the people’s verdict in these assembly elections which was, by far, fair and free given that there were no major complaints by any of the contesting parties.
“PARTISANSHIP”, at its broadest, writes eminent historian E J Hobsbawm, “may merely be another way of denying the possibility of a purely objective and value-free science, a proposition from which few historians, social scientists and philosophers would today totally dissent.
MORE than 500 casual contract workers held a rally at Eastern Court, Delhi and marched to the Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, head office of the BSNL, under the banner of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, on October 15, demanding that their long pending issues be settled. The workers have come from all parts of the country with the banners of the union, flags and also wall posters with the demands.
DESPITE the open ended truce that came into force in the last week of August, Gaza continues to lie in ruins. On October 12, the international community pledged more than $5 billion for the rebuilding of Gaza. It is estimated that $4 billion is needed just for reconstructing the devastated infrastructure of the enclave. Even before Israel launched its third and most prolonged military assault on Gaza, it had become unlivable. After the earlier Israeli “Operation Cast Lead” against Gaza in 2009, the international community had pledged over $4 billion.
A report on the visit of the CPI(M) cadre delegation led by Janardan Pati, member of the Central Committee of the Party, was published in People’s Democracy dated September 29-October 5, 2014. This article is specially on some of the historical places linked to Comrade Mao Zedong that the delegation visited in China.
JOURNALISTS report other people’s events, actions and concerns all the time. But they rarely tell their own stories. A recent workshop on Media and Gender issues was one of those rare occasions when Delhi’s journalists admitted some bitter truths about their own working lives. Several women journalists spoke about the harassment they have experienced while trying to establish themselves as professionals in a challenging environment.