ANDHRA PRADESH

Leave it to SRC, says Suravaram

ANANTAPUR, AUG. 14. The State secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, has reiterated that their party is in favour of second States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) for settling the issue of Telangana. He observed that a few leaders are trying to create confusion among people over the issue by making misleading statements.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said their party would abide by any decision of the second SRC, after it was formed. The talk of achieving Telangana in two months or by the year-end was an attempt to mislead people, he said.

`No firm commitment'

The CPI was in touch with the Congress on the issue and as per their information the Congress leadership had not committed anything except going for the second SRC so far.

He said the CPI was of the view that the regional development boards be revived in the State and Telangana be given a special package with Rs. 5,000 crores for development.

Peace talks

On the peace talks initiated by the State Government with the People's War and other naxalite outfits, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy suspected the hand of a top police official in registering a case against the three PW emissaries for their speeches at a martyrs' commemorative meet near Warangal last month.

The speeches of Gadar, Varavara Rao and Kalyana Rao would not amount to revolt or uprising against the Government as they had spoken in the same vein on several occasions earlier.

At the same time, the CPI did not share the views expressed by the PW emissaries. Such expression of views before talks was not advisable, he observed. He also criticised the attitude of Varavara Rao that they would not talk till the cases against them were withdrawn.

Land issue

The CPI was in favour of distribution of land among the poor for resolving the naxalite problem, he said. While the CPI was of the view that there was about 10-lakh acres surplus land in the State the Government had estimated it to be about 3.37 lakh acres.

The Government could demonstrate its sincerity by distributing about 25 to 30 lakh acres.

Besides, poverty alleviation measures should also be taken up on a large scale.

He suggested that the Government take political decisions instead of being guided by the police.

Against FDI

On the issue of FDI in key sectors like telecommunications, the CPI leader said they were against FDI beyond 33 per cent in the sector as it holds key even in the defence matters.

He also demanded the Congress-led UPA Government to force the private insurance companies to take up agriculture insurance, motor vehicle insurance and social insurance instead of the profit-making general insurance and life insurance.

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