CPM members picket taluk office

CPM members picket taluk office

Addressing the protesters, CPM DK district unit President B Madhava said that both the State and Union governments are in the hands of the corrupt politicians. 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games scam, Adarsh House scam in the Centre and land scam, nepotism in the State have affected the commonman. Both the budgets have failed in checking the rise in price of essential commodities, he said. |

He said a large number of poor are denied of ration cards in the country. At the same time, the Central government’s budget proposal aims at cancellation of the ration system.

Madhava said the government is trying to push the protesters who were demanding their wages using force. The demands of the unorganised labourers are not being considered by the government, he said and added that the government is forcibly implementing defective new pension scheme on unorganised labourers.

There are lakhs of families who do not have roof over their head in the State. The demand of the poor families for housing sites, title deeds have been unheard by the authorities. The government is engaged in denotification of land to help the capitalists.

The BJP government which came into power by promising 1 kg rice at Rs 2 and the promises have remained only on paper. The MGNREGS is not being implemented effectively in the State. Corruption has entered even the MGNREGS scheme, he added.

The police arrested the protesters and later released them.

In Udupi:

The agitators came in procession to taluk office from service bus stop via K M Marg and Diana circle. Slogans were shouted against Central and State government.

Speaking on the occasion, CPI(M) District Secretary P Vishwanath Rai said Central government has failed to assure food and livelihood security to people. Massive corruption, inadequate administration and anti-people policies are the main agenda of both Central and State governments, he alleged.

The demands include measures against increasing unemployment problem, measures against forcible acquisition of agriculture lands, programmes supporting power generation and irrigation projects, strict implementation of MGNREGS, increment in daily wages up to Rs 200 to the laborers, loan waiving schemes for Dalits, reservation for Dalits in private sector, preventive measures against commercialisation in education and health sectors, strict implementation of labour laws, ration cards for all and rice should be given at the cost of Rs 2 up to 35 kgs per family through ration cards, and so on.

The memorandum was submitted to Tahasildar.