Staff Reporter

Party to launch 'Praja Poru' on March 5

Review of power purchase agreements soughtNation-wide stirplanned against FDI on February 22

KADAPA: CPI State Secretariat member T. Lakshminarayana on Friday demanded that the State Government bring out a white paper on unfilled vacant posts and quantum of those filled in accordance with the Congress' electoral promise.

Addressing a press conference here, he asserted that the Government promised to fill 2.50 lakh vacant posts in the Government and cooperative units, but made no budgetary allocation so far. He demanded review of power purchase agreements signed by the Government. The World Bank was influencing the Government to give up free power supply and hence Ministers were making varying statements, he alleged. The party would exert pressure on the Government, to avert hike in power charges. He feared that the Union general budget and railway budget would burden the people.

Telangana issue

The Congress lacked a specific stand on Telangana issue and was hence trying to divert the issue by blaming the BJP and other parties, Mr. Lakshminarayana alleged. He had a dig at recent AICC plenary alleging that it did not discuss the woes of farmers, agricultural labourers and working classes, but laid stress of hereditary rule. Handing over leadership to youth by making Mr. Rahul Gandhi CWC member was not more important than people's problems, he asserted.

The party would stage a nationwide agitation on February 22, against increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector, which was an anti-people measure. The UPA Government assured to confine FDI for certain commodities, but failed to specify them. Lakhs of retail sellers would be hit and multi-national companies would capture the retail market and charge exorbitant prices, he alleged.

A fortnight-long campaign 'Praja Poru' would be launched in rural areas from March 5 to enlighten people on tardy land distribution, sanction of ration cards.