Special Correspondent

NGO Union State conference concludes

‘UPA diverges from Common Minimum Programme’

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The three-day 45th State conference of the CPI(M)-led Kerala NGO Union drew to a close here on Tuesday with a call to State employees to fight against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Central government and to discharge their social responsibilities.

A resolution adopted by the conference accused the United Progressive Alliance government of having moved away from the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP) and placed the country’s economic and political sovereignty at the mercy of imperialist forces.

The country’s foreign policy, which was founded on anti-imperialism, was being watered down and domestic policies being moulded in such a way as to suit the interests of national and transnational monopolies, the resolution said.

The resolution came down heavily on the privatisation drive of the Central government and pointed out that the banking and insurance sectors were being privatised without any concern for their social roles and subsidies were being cut indiscriminately leaving the poor to the vagaries of the market.

The Sixth Pay Commission recommendations were reflective of the neo-liberal policies being pursued by the Centre and pressure was being brought upon State governments that were not toeing such policies, it added.

The resolution said the Left Democratic Front government was trying its best to uphold an alternative to the neo-liberal policies and that the State government employees had the duty to take the message of the government’s policies to the people.

This would be possible only if the Civil Service was streamlined and its efficiency improved, it said.

Global battle

At the valedictory session, All India State Government Employees’ Federation general secretary Sukumol Sen told the NGO Union members to be ready to join the global battle against imperialism and neo-liberalism. He also called for a greater role for women in trade union activities. All India Democratic Women’s Association State secretary K.K. Shylaja, MLA, spoke.

The conference elected a 48-member women’s sub-committee with M. Sunitha as convener and A. Latha and P.V. Aleyamma as joint conveners.