(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 17, 2012
AIKS Plans Campaign Against Neo-Liberalism
agrarian crisis has triggered off a new wave of farm
in states like
a statement issued
by AIKS president S Ramachandran Pillai and president K
took serious note
of the crash in prices various crops like turmeric, jute and
cotton as well as
the non-receipt of even minimum support price (MSP) for paddy
and other crops
in most states. Turmeric prices, which were Rs 16,000 per
quintal last year,
have come down to as low as Rs 2,000 per quintal. Paddy is
getting only Rs 800
per quintal, which is over Rs 300 less than the MSP, while
are absent in most parts. Different parts of
The UPA government and different state governments are undertaking policies of reversing the land reforms. Peasants are being dispossessed of their land; corporate takeover of land is being facilitated.
Unorganised retail trade at present provides jobs to more than four crore people, meaning nearly 20 crore people are dependent on this sector for livelihood. The governmentís move to allow FDI in retail will threaten their livelihood. The draft National Water Policy 2012 proposes to privatise water delivery services and abolish subsidies to agricultural as well as domestic consumers. This retrograde move will allow the profit-seeking corporate sector to rake in huge profits, as millions of Indians will be forced to pay hefty amounts for getting water for cultivation as well as daily use. The CKC called for resisting any such efforts and called upon all its state units to remain vigilant against such moves.
On the basis of fraudulent poverty estimates, the Planning Commission has claimed that the proportion of BPL persons has gone down by seven per cent between 2004-05 and 2009-10, even as millions of poor are in a state of hunger. Crores of people are deprived of minimum basic needs but have been wrongly classified as APL and thus denied access to subsidised food under the PDS and other benefits. The insensitive government is contemplating wheat exports while the poor live in hunger.
The CKC decided to run a nationwide campaign and intensification of struggles against neo-liberal policies and on local issues in all states in August-September 2012. it will seek to build up broadest possible unity against the anti-peasant, anti-people policies of the central and different state governments.