Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: C. Mahendran, State Assistant Secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), blamed the “incorrect policies” of the Central Government for the rise in inflation, which shot up to 11.05 per cent.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said that the government should take steps on a war-footing to ban futures trading on all essential commodities and have a check on uncontrolled globalisation, to bring down the inflation which hit a 13-year high during this month.

Besides, a comprehensive plan should be chalked to enhance the production of edible oils to meet the rise in domestic demand instead of importing the commodity.

He said that the government’s decision to increase the prices of petroleum products sharply was also inflationary.

Instead of passing the burden of rising international crude oil prices to the consumers, the Government should have restructured the tax on petroleum products to keep the fuel prices under control.

He pointed out that the tax levied at the rate of 52 paise for every one rupee of petrol and 43 paise for every litre of diesel, was too high and hence it should be reduced to ease the pressure on the common man.

Free pattas

He urged the State government to distribute free pattas to all landless people born in the State.

“We are planning to hold a special public meeting at Madurai on July 21 to highlight this demand,” he said.

According to him, the party would oppose the proposed move by the Centre to introduce Coastal Zone Management Notification 2008 since it would affect the livelihood of the fishermen.