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CPI(M) for land reform, creation of more jobs

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Special Correspondent

Will urge new Government to wipe out "damage" caused by AIADMK rule

State faced serious problems in different sectors during five years of AIADMK rule Party will fight for alternative economic policies It will oppose allocation of wasteland to capitalists

CHENNAI: The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday said it would work for effective implementation of land reform laws, enhance job opportunities, restore tripartite mechanism to solve industrial disputes, end commercialisation of education and protect democratic rights, as part of measures to lead the State to the path of development.

Releasing the CPI (M)’s manifesto for the May 8 Assembly elections, State Committee secretary of the party N. Varadarajan told reporters here that though Chief Minister Jayalalithaa claimed to take steps to make Tamil Nadu the most developed State, it had serious problems in different sectors during the last five years under her rule.

The CPI (M) would urge the new Government to wipe out the "damages" caused by the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam rule, instil confidence in people and ensure the State’s progress even while preserving social justice, democracy, secularism and unity among people.

Vacancies not filled

Live registers at employment exchanges in the State showed that there were over 57 lakh unemployed persons while in the Government departments 3.5 lakh vacancies were not filled. Policies of liberalisation and privatisation had accentuated the problem. The party would fight for alternative economic policies and creation of job opportunities.

It would demand that numerous Government waste lands not be allocated to capitalists.

The party called for extending the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme to all districts initially and to urban areas in the second stage. It would urge the new Government to prioritise improving basic infrastructure facilities in villages to prevent labour migration.

While making efforts to set up agro-based industries in the districts, it would strongly oppose the closure of industries.

In the farm sector, it would urge the Government to fix remunerative prices for farm produces and restore monopoly procurement of paddy, and for liberal import of farm products. It would also work for implementation of crop insurance, waiver of loan arrears of small and marginal farmers.

The CPI (M) favoured steps to arrive at a negotiated settlement on the Cauvery issue, and would support implementation of the Supreme Court verdict in the Mullai Periyar issue.

The party would strive to protect the rights of the Adivasis, Dalits and employees of the information technology sector, strengthening the public distribution system, upholding parliamentary democracy, devolving powers to local bodies and eradicating untouchablity. Along with Mr. Varadarajan, other leaders of the party, including T.K. Rengarajan, A.K. Padmanabhan and G. Ramakrishnan, highlighted the manifesto’s significant features. Mr. Varadarajan said Ms. Jayalalithaa tried to divert the people’s attention from real issues by charging the Opposition with attempting to unleash violence during the polls.

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