'Govt not serious about tackling issues'

CPM leaders G N Nagaraj and V G K Nair said on Saturday that the Congress government in the State had kindled hope among the people by announcing many programmes as soon as it came to power. But, it looks like it is not bothered about finding a permanent solution to many problems.

Addressing a joint press conference on Saturday, the Left party leaders said the Congress government, instead of tackling food inflation, was talking about distributing rice at cheap price.

The government was talking in terms of holding an investors’ meet. In addition, it was talking about providing sufficient water and land to investors. But, the same government was not talking in terms of providing rights to farmers over government land which they are tilling for many years. The governor’s address has no mention about land rights to farmers who are cultivating in forests and right over land to dalits.

The Left leaders said that the government must immediately make its stand clear on the corruption cases booked during the BJP regime and the implementation of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. 

Ad ban proposal flayed

The CPM leaders, referring to the blanket ban of three years recommended by the Privileges Committee of the legislature against three newspapers for publishing the names of three sitting MLAs mentioned in the CAG report on local bodies, said this should be condemned as it was nothing short of blackmailing. The leaders have voiced their opposition to the committee’s move to ban advertisements, for a period of three years, to Deccan Herald, Prajavani and Udayavani.

Calling it as an attack on the freedom of the press, Nair and Nagaraj termed it a ‘blackmail’ policy of the government.

The leaders said that in a day and age when the press and the media are exposing corruption, the move to ban giving advertisements was not right.

It looks like the panel is against media exposing corruption. Everybody should condemn the recommendations of the panel as it amounts to stifling the voice of the media, they said.

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