Says corporate firms are conquering farm, retail markets

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday, accused the United Democratic Front (UDF)-led government in the State of “acute negligence” with regard to bringing down instances of farmer suicides.

Speaking after inaugurating a 24-hour satyagraha of the CPI(M) against the alleged apathy of the UDF government in considering the developmental needs of Kozhikode district, Mr. Vijayan said the government was blatantly following the “anti-farmer policy” of the Central government, which took away even the deserving subsidy from farmers' community. He alleged that the Union government, which was lamenting over the lack of required financial resources for helping farmers, showed huge concern for protecting the interests of multi-national corporations in the country.

Mr. Vijayan also accused the State government of facilitating the easy entry of corporate firms to conquer the agricultural and retail markets of the State. He claimed that the public sector undertakings and the traditional industrial ventures too were moving to a crisis owing to the “mal-administration” of the ruling government.

Mr. Vijayan said the coastal population, who were brought to the path of development during the reign of the Left Democratic Front-led government, were now struggling under poverty and debt. “A government which should be responsible for addressing their concern is now going ahead with their own agenda by challenging the rule of the law,” he said.

CPI(M) State committee member and A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, presided over the programme. CPI(M) district secretary T.P. Ramakrishnan, Mayor A.K. Premajam, and District panchayat president K. Jameela were present.