Kerala

UDF puts pressure on State government regarding price rise

The Opposition United Democratic Front on Monday mounted pressure on the LDF government for its failure to lift the Centre’s ration quota allocation for Kerala, besides effectively implementing the on going paddy procurement programme to tackle the unprecedented price rise the State has been witnessing in the last few weeks.

The UDF high power committee meeting, which met here this morning, decided to stage a series of agitations jointly and individually by the coalition parties and their feeder organisations representing various sections from December 9.

Addressing a press conference here soon after the meeting, the UDF convenor P.P. Thankachan said the district liaison committees will be convened on December 5 to strategise on the agitation programme. He said the State government was not lifting ration rice from the Food Corporation of India warehouses, despite the Centre releasing the State’s quota on time. Similarly, the government had brought changes to the paddy procurement programme by entrusting the task to private wholesalers in place of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, which had conducted the dual task of procuring paddy, milling it and distributing it through its outlets.

The prices of all essential commodities had gone up by 200 to 300 per cent. The Chief Minister, instead of ensuring that the State government did its part in market intervention to hold the price line down, had made it a habit of accusing the Centre for the price spiral. The failure to release funds on time to the Corporation had also vitiated the situation, he said. On the State government’s plan for hiking bus fares, the UDF felt that there was no justification for a fare hike.

Local Bodies’ elections

The United Democratic Front demanded an affirmative decision from the Government making photo electoral rolls and photo voter identity cards mandatory for the local bodies’ elections to be held in 2010. The voters list for the recent parliament election should be made the basic document for electoral roll revision, Mr. Thankachan said.

Kasargod firing

The UDF expressed its concern at the State government’s attitude towards issues relating to the Kasargod police firing two week ago. It decided to wait till Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting before adopting an uncompromising stand on the issue. The recent court verdict had indicted the State government for its failure to observe procedures and its attempt to communalise the police firing.

The UDF warned the State government of an impending crisis in the construction industry on account of the acute shortage of sand. The Government's failure to take appropriate administrative action regarding sand mining from river beds had led to strictures from the High Court. Unfortunately, the government had nothing to rectify the situation.


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