A LARGE number of women mid-day meal workers tried to lay siege to Andhra Pradesh state HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao’s house at Visakhapatnam on July 30 opposing the government’s decision to introduce cluster system all over the state and run the mid-day meal scheme through private agencies. Police did not allow them to enter the street on which the house is located, but the workers stormed through the barricades leading to arrests. There was pushing and jostling with the protesters trying to reach up to the gate of the minister’s house.
A JOINT meeting of leaders of various political parties, central trade unions, service organisations, trade unions and officers organisations in banking and insurance sectors, non-governmental organisations(NGO), women organisations, youth and student organisations etc., have decided to launch a movement against the grave crisis gripping the financial sector. The movement has been named as Movement for India’s Financial Independence (MIFI).
In a surprising move the CPI(M) on July 30, organized a mass dharna in front of the state police headquarters forcing the DGP to receive deputation from the party. Without any prior notice hundreds of CPI(M) workers assembled in front of the PHQ and started shouting slogans for defending democracy, establishing rule of law, immediate halt of post poll violence, police action against the perpetrators of violence.
CPI(M) leader, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami has filed an intervention application in the pending writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging Article 35 A of the Constitution of India - Special Provision for the State of Jammu and Kashmir - introduced as per Constitution (application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 1954. The Party is of the unequivocal opinion that Article 35 A, shall in no circumstance be annulled, modified or repealed. The Party opposes the relief sought in the writ petition.
I ACCOMPANIED Bihar state secretary, Avdhesh Kumar, to Madhubani and Muzaffarpur districts on July 26-27. What we witnessed was conclusive evidence of the fact that, after his treacherous deal with the BJP, Nitish Kumar has given up all attempts at good governance and Bihar today is no different from BJP-states as far as inhuman atrocities against women, minor girls and dalits are concerned.
THE CPI(M) Assam state committee, in a statement issued on July 31, has said that the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published on time as stipulated by the Supreme Court (SC) . As stated by NRC authority, out of a total 3.29 crore applicants 2.89 crores are included in the final draft. It means around 40 lakhs are not included in the draft. It is noticed that there are a lot of anomalies in the preparation of the draft NRC. A large number of women are left out from the draft who had submitted panchayat certificate as the linkage document.
THE milk producers are on a struggle since last 3 months in Himachal Pradesh. Under the banner of Himachal Kisan Sabha (HKS) - an affiliate of AIKS, this movement is being led. This is fought in 6 blocks of the state that produce largest quantity of milk. More than 1 lakh litres of milk is produced in these 6 blocks. The milk is sold to the state milk federation through the milk producing societies which buys directly from the milk producers.
AT the joint call of Delhi units of 11 central trade unions (CTUs), a strike was observed on July 20 by unorganised sector workers in Delhi and adjoining areas of Noida and Ghaziabad in NCR over their various demands including enforcement of notified minimum wage of Rs 13,896 for unskilled workers and fixation of minimum wage at Rs 20,000.
KERALA model of development has been acclaimed the world over for achieving human development indices that places it at par with several developed countries. A few years back Kerala was mentioned by the UN as the only state in India which lies at the very high in Human Development Index (HDI).