Provision to be distributed to 100 families for free to protest failure of PDS
Mangalore: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind took out a rally through the streets of the city in protest against the growing influence of multinational companies and pro-capitalist policies of the Government on the country’s economy.
The rally that started off from Jyothi Circle was jointly flagged off by the president of the Jamaat’s youth wing Mohammed Kunhi and Giriya Gowda, a farmer from the Kudubi Padavu village. Incidentally, Mr. Gowda is a farmer who is resisting the forcible acquisition of his land by the proponents of the Mangalore Special Economic Zone.
Mr. Kunhi said on the occasion that it will adopt 100 families in the district and provide them with Rs. 1,000 worth of provision every month. “The distribution of the ration will be a mark of protest against the complete failure of the public distribution system in the country”, Mr. Kunhi said.
Speaking at the protest meeting in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Mr. Kunhi said the worst kind of oppression was being committed against the poor of this country in the name of development, law and order. “These two terms are used widely to distort and discredit genuine people’s movements across the country”, he said.
Blaming the country’s indebtedness to the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for its “anti-people” policies, he said, “Today the country’s economy is literally being held hostage by these world financial institutions. Once they snare a country into a debt trap, they slowly begin to direct its economic activities to suit multinational companies.”
Describing the MSEZ as “part of an imperialist design”, he said that once completed, it will not be under the control of the Indian government. “They have no labour laws, no tax obligations to the country and are not bound by our legal system”, he said.