Special Correspondent

Urges Government to arrest steep escalation in land price

  • Party is against entry of multinationals into retail trade
  • "Will ruin the livelihood of street vendors"

    CUDDALORE: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi seems to have reneged on the promise of giving two acres free to landless farmers, said N. Varadarajan, State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), here on Wednesday.

    Addressing a press conference, he said the Karunanidhi government went ahead with the scheme on the assumption that 50 lakh acres of fallow land was available in the State, as made out by the previous regime.

    It had handed over 77,000 acres. But, the recent statement of the Chief Minister, that even if a small piece of land was available, it would be distributed among the poor and the marginal farmers, cast doubts on the scheme.

    Mr. Varadarajan alleged that authoritarian forces had already grabbed fallow land. Had the government formed an all-party committee, it could have identified the required land.

    He urged the government to arrest the steep escalation in land price, which had gone up tenfold.

    The government seemed to have hurried through with the farm-loan waiver scheme, as it had benefited landlords the most.

    The CPI (M) would organise at least 100 public meetings across the State before April 15 to draw the attention of the people and the Government to the shortcomings in the implementation of various schemes.

    Later, the party would review the one-year rule of the DMK.

    He said the friction between the Pattali Makkal Katchi and the DMK did not augur well for the Democratic Progressive Alliance, and called for avoiding personal attacks.

    The CPI (M) was against the entry of multinational companies and corporates into retail trade, as it would ruin the livelihood of street vendors.