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Govt has let down people: CPI

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CPI criticism is expected to make ripples within the LDF

Majority of the delegates attending the Communist Party of India (CPI) State conference here have pointed out that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in the State has failed to rise up to the expectations of the people. Being a constituent of the LDF, the CPI criticism is expected to make ripples within the front.

Briefing media persons here on Saturday, organising committee chairman K.P. Rajendran said the government’s failure had become a matter of discussion. He said the problems in distribution of land and title deeds for the poor, and shortfalls in the public distribution system had been raised by members at the conference.

The shortcomings of the Life Mission scheme too had evoked severe criticism from the delegates representing 14 district units and service organisations.

The delegates demanded that the party’s ministers give more focus on governance. They stressed the need to expand the party’s activities to areas such as palliative care.

Mr. Rajendran said the party membership in the State had risen considerably from the last year’s figure of 1,33,410. “The figures are not yet ready,” he said.

Elections to 107-member State council will be held on Sunday. As per the party norms, 20 per cent of the members in the State council should be fresh.

The conference demanded that the government bring a special package to protect those working in the cashew sector. It asked the Centre to end its neglect towards the State in public distribution system (PDS).

“Strengthening the PDS is the only way out to control price rise and avoid starvation,” it said. The CPI demanded that appointment of teachers in aided schools be through the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The four-day conference will conclude on Sunday with a public meeting. It will be preceded by a red volunteer march through the town.

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