Don’t sign pact: Devanur

Noted writer Devanur Mahadeva on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.

“It’s okay if he doesn’t listen to us. But he should at least listen to what the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, an affiliate of the RSS, is saying about the Free Trade Agreement. It [the manch] has termed the government’s step suicidal and that no government has taken such a step post-Independence,” said the writer, while addressing farmers, who held a protest rally against the RCEP agreement in Mysuru.

Mr. Mahadeva said eradication of poverty does not mean elimination of the poor. “If the agreement is signed, it will be like pushing the poor to death.”

The writer cautioned of a further slowdown of industrial and business sectors if the country enters into the FTA agreement with 16 nations. The working class is in a state of neglect.

The government should try generating more jobs for the country’s youth, he added.

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