CPI(M) to take up nationwide campaign

Paturi Ramaiah  

Coinciding with the budget session of Parliament, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will undertake a nationwide campaign against the neo-liberal economic policies of the Manmohan Singh government, CPI (M) Central Committee member Paturi Ramaiah said on Thursday.

Four jathas from Kanyakumari, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar will be taken to New Delhi to protest against the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the UPA-II government as they have brought misery to the common people, he told a press conference here along with party city Secretary G.V. Konda Reddy.

“We will project alternative economic policies to protect the masses from indiscriminate liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation carried out at the dictates of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation,” he explained.

Opposes CTS

Vehemently opposing the Cash Transfer Scheme, he said it was an attempt to reduce the Centre’s food subsidy burden at a time when the country needed universalisation of the Public Distribution System.

“The toiling masses need not opt for CTS rather they can go in for land transfer,” said Mr. Ramaiah, also national President of the party-led All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU).

During the campaign, people would be mobilised against the FDI in multi-brand retail which made the lives of millions of retail traders miserable, he added.

He said a sub-jatha would be organised in the State to spearhead a massive struggle on the lines of the one in the year 2000, against the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment and proposed power tariff hike from March.

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