THE BJP government has passed a bill in the Lok Sabha to reduce the combined share-holding of the central government and the sponsor banks in the Regional Rural Banks to 51% on December 22, 2014. This is a great disservice to the rural poor. Earlier the UPA-2 government led by the Congress Party also made an attempt to bring this legislation. The bill is expected to be placed in the Rajya Sabha or in combined session of the parliament during the budget session. This is yet another blow to the rural poor.
THE workers of Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation have gone on indefinite strike from December 28, 2014 demanding revision of wage agreement which has fallen long overdue. All the unions in the state transport sector except one aligned to ruling party in the state have unitedly given the call for strike. The unions have been pursuing for wage revision since last six months but the state government arrogantly refused to even commence meaningful and serious negotiation. Such a situation compelled the unions to go in for indefinite strike.
"...THEY (the poor) have often worked not ten but twenty hours a day. Not that all the poor have rigidly worked twenty hours, but that the worth of the labour of twenty hours now, in food and clothing, is equivalent to the worth of ten hours then. And because twenty hours’ labour cannot, from the nature of the human frame, be exacted from those who before performed ten, the aged and the sickly are compelled either to work or starve. They eat less bread, wear worse clothes, are more ignorant, immoral, miserable, and desperate.
THE governor of the Reserve bank of India, Dr Raghuram Rajan, while inaugurating the annual conference of the Indian Economic Association at Udaipur on December 27, questioned the wisdom of the debt-waiver scheme for agriculturists, which the UPA government had announced in order to halt peasant suicides. He suggested that it had actually affected adversely the flow of credit to the agricultural sector.
THE Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 is aimed at de-nationalising the entire coal sector and doing away with the historic Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973. The Bill is not in the interest of the national economy, but in the interest of private corporate entities, both domestic and foreign, as it allows them to play with the most crucial natural resource owned by the people of India for their private gains.
THE Tamilnadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association (TPWAA) has vehemently condemned RSS and its Hindutva outfits for burning the copies of Madhorubagan, a Tamil Novel by Prof Perumal Murugan.
Alleging that Perumal Murugan’s novel, Madhorubagan, has portrayed the Kailasanathar temple in Tiruchengode and women devotees in bad light, the BJP, RSS and other Hindu outfits have demanded its ban and the arrest of the author. They burnt copies of the book on December 26 at Tiruchengode in Namakkal district.
RICH tributes were paid to Comrade Ananda Pathak and Comrade Arati Dasguta, frontline leaders of working class movement and CPI(M), in a condolence meeting on December 29 at Kolkata. Both of them breathed their last on November 28.
The meeting, presided over by Biman Basu particularly remembered their contribution to the development of working class movement in the state. Dipak Dasgupta, CITU state secretary and Ashok Bhattacharya, state committee member of the Party outlined the lifelong struggle of these veteran leaders.
THE Jharkhand state secretariat of the CPI(M) has, in a statement issued on December 29, strongly condemned the killing of two adivasi youth and wounding of another person by AJSU backed miscreants in Rahe Block of Silli assembly constituency in Ranchi district.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on December 26.
THE formation of the government of Jammu & Kashmir has become complicated because of the nature of the result and a hung assembly. The BJP, which benefited from the polarisation in the Jammu region, is trying to impose its political design in the formation of the government. This should be resisted in the interests of the unity of the state and safeguarding its special status.
THE CPI(M) Assam state committee has strongly condemned the barbaric killing of innocent people by terrorists belonging to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of the state on December 23. This incident has proved that the state government led by chief minister Tarun Gogoi has once again failed miserably in tackling the terrorist activities and protecting the lives and properties of the people.