Staff Correspondent

`Centre is deviating from the CMP'


  • Special Economic Zone proposal is aimed at selling land to MNCs
  • Centre failed to evolve a welfare scheme for agriculture labourers

    DAVANGERE: The United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre has failed to stick to the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), said H.V. Anantha Subba Rao, general secretary of State AITUC.

    Inaugurating the district-level trade union conference here on Friday, Mr. Anantha Subba Rao said the UPA Government had not only betrayed those parties, including the Left, which supported it but also the people of country.

    All-India strike

    He noted that the Left parties had supported the UPA Government on the condition that certain demands in the CMP would be met. As the Government failed to stick to its promise, the Left parties had called for all-India strike on December 14 in which employees of banks and public sector undertakings would participate. Mr. Subbarao said the UPA Government failed to evolve a comprehensive welfare scheme for agriculture labourers.

    Criticising the Special Economic Zone proposal, he said that it was designed to get agricultural lands at a nominal rate and then sell them to multi-national companies.

    `State elections soon'

    Referring to State politics, Mr. Subbarao said the coalition government would fall soon and fresh elections would be called. H.K. Ramachandrappa, Davanagere district president, in his address, alleged that the UPA Government led by Congress was following policies detrimental to the working classes.

    Shanmukhappa, a representative from the BSNL Employees Association, said allowing foreign direct investment in telecommunications would pose a threat to national security but the Government failed to understand this point.