Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India has criticised some of the recommendations made by the Sixth Pay Commission terming them “anti-youth.”

Veteran CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said on the sidelines of the party’s 20th national congress here on Monday that the increase in retirement age to 62 years recommended by the commission was against the 15 crore unemployed youth.

The ban on further recruitment suggested by the pay panel would curb their employment opportunities.

The recommendation for rationalisation of staff was indicative of the efforts to outsource government work and this would, in turn, result in closure of government departments.

The 40 per cent hike proposed for officials in the ranks of Cabinet Secretary, Joint and Additional Secretaries was “too much” and the country could not afford it, he said.

He, however, welcomed the proposal to enhance the emoluments of Class III and IV employees.

Replying to queries, he said Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was “not a person fit for the post” given the prevailing levels of poverty and unemployment.

‘Government deviating from CMP’

The first delegate session of the party expressed concern over the ‘deviation’ of the UPA Government from the Common Minimum Programme and the implementation of the neo-liberal policies that led to serious drift in the sphere of “our foreign policy.”

While the CMP committed the UPA to promoting multilateralism, the Government was trying to become a ‘junior partner’ to the United States in its global design. “The Government should abide by the CMP, if it wanted to survive for the full term,” CPI spokesman Shameem Faizee said.

Palestine

The CPI congress adopted a resolution condemning the ‘brutal repression’ of the Palestinians by the Israeli military and reaffirmed its support to the Palestinians’ right to establish an independent and sovereign state on all territories occupied by Israel.