He promises to take up the issue of Kaiga rehabilitation in Parliament

Basudev Acharya, MP and national vice-president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), on Wednesday came down heavily on the nuclear policy of the Centre and said the India-U.S. nuclear deal was a sell out.

Addressing the presspersons on Thursday here after meeting the people from Kaiga who were on a sit-in dharna in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner in Karwar for last 53 days demanding the shifting of villages within 5-km radius of Kaiga Nuclear Generation Centre, Mr. Acharya said the CPI(M) had opposed the India- U.S. nuclear pact because it was guided by the commercial interest of the United States of America.

Clarifying that his party was not against the nuclear power but against the way in which the Centre had been setting up nuclear power stations, Mr. Acharya said in Kudankulam and Jaitapur, the Government had been acting against the interest of the local people by imposing the nuclear power stations on them.

Many studies had revealed that the radiation had spoiled the health of the people. Advanced nations such as Japan could not stop the disaster in Fukushima. What was the guarantee that the same would not happen in India? he questioned.

He said the disaster management systems put in place at Kaiga by both State and Union governments had failed and his party would raise the issue of the agitating people of Kaiga in Parliament.

Refuting the claim that communism was on the wane in India, Mr. Acharya said the hostile media played a vital role in the defeat of the CPI(M) in West Bengal.

The party had brought land reforms act in the state ages ago and the agriculturists were reaping the benefits. But, the Trinamool Congress-led government today was driving the state towards financial disaster and as many as 26 farmers had committed suicide in last one month. “The main factor that led farmers to suicide was the refusal by mill owners to give a good price to the paddy crop. The policy of the state government has been in favour of the mill owners,” Mr. Acharya said.

Denouncing the open market policy adopted by India, he said the country had become the dustbin for other countries to dump their products.

In the last 20 years, more than 2,000 farmers had committed suicide. The gap between the rich and the poor was growing. About Rs. 24 lakh crore was in foreign bank accounts while a quarter of Indian population was stricken by hunger, he said.

Mr. Acharya said he would take up the issue of Kaiga rehabilitation in the Parliament and try to find a solution to the problem.

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  • Basudev Acharya clarifies that his party was not against the nuclear power