(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 28, 2012
JAMMU & KASHMIR
CONCLUDING on October 22, the two day meeting of the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) state committee of CPI(M) at
Mohmmad Yousuf Tarigami, state secretary of the CPI(M), said the governments at the centre and in the state were not seen doing anything substantial to improve the livelihood of the common man. The escalation in the prices of essential commodities, the recent decision to increase the prices of diesel and to limit the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders would further make the life of the common people miserable. Tarigami emphasised that it is only the united and sustained struggles of the exploited which can force the authorities to listen to the voices of the people. Mere promises and assurances cannot work.
The state committee, through a resolution, took a dig at the central government for the hike in diesel prices, holding that the rise in fuel prices would have a cascading effect on all commodities and thus hit the interests of the poor and the lower middle class. While the food inflation and depreciation of rupee have already worsened the economic condition of the people, the hike in diesel prices would further add to their woes. Rejecting as unreasonable and unrealistic the justifications offered by the central government in the name of depreciation of rupee, losses to oil companies and fiscal deficit, the committee also demanded an increase in the number of subsidised LPG cylinders for households.
The CPI(M) state committee expressed concern over the recent ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch and Uri sectors, and warned that further vitiation of the atmosphere along the borders would derail the peace process between
Terming the ceasefire violations most unfortunate, it said that such violations would exacerbate the ongoing impasse over
Describing the youth as builders of future, the CPI(M) stressed the need of chalking out a comprehensive vision document for long term solution of the problems facing the youth in J&K. In addition to the general problems faced by the youth in
As for the new recruitment policy, the CPI(M) said it is yet another blow on the job aspiring educated youth who are already disillusioned. Terming the new recruitment policy as unreasonable and unjustified, the party said such an arrangement would have adverse repercussions on the delivery mechanism because of distress among the new incumbents.
The committee expressed satisfaction on the obvious shift from violence to peaceful protests by the youth and said that the government should take it as an opportunity for dealing with the youngsters in the same way as it does in the rest of the country. It also advocated the formation of a state youth commission which could frame special and result oriented projects and schemes for the harmonious development of the youth of J&K.
The state committee took due note of the specific dimensions of corruption in Jammu & Kashmir. Given that the state lags behind more advanced regions of the country in the matter of development, corruption and other malpractices have more disastrous impacts here. Moreover, J&K is a volatile state with a fragile peace situation. In such a situation the public perception of state institutions assumes added importance. Legitimacy of the government instruments in the public eye is vital, especially in a state like ours. A direct result of corruption in Jammu & Kashmir is an increase in the trust deficit in the state. A negative correlation exists between such public perceptions and the law and order landscape in this volatile state. There exists a natural corollary between these two aspects, the latter contingent upon the former.
The CPI(M) state committee resolved to intensify its campaign against corruption and urged upon the government to augment the anti-corruption architecture in the state, like the State Accountability Commission, Vigilance Commission and the anti-corruption wings of various departments. It also demanded much greater policy and material support to such institutional framework, laid stress on greater transparency and accountability in governance, and expressed the belief that application of the principles of reinforcement and exemplary punishment would help clear up the mess in a large measure.
Regarding relief to the windstorm victims, the CPI(M) expressed serious concern over the inordinate delay in the release of relief for these people. The avalanche has damaged a number of residential houses and non-residential structures, public services infrastructure and school buildings, besides causing the losses of precious human lives. Despite the lofty announcements by the government in the wake of calamity in mid-March, the much needed financial aid is yet to be provided to the unfortunate affected. Thousands of families were expecting timely relief after their houses were rendered roofless due to the nature’s unprecedented fury, especially when the windstorm was declared as a natural calamity. The state committee urged the government to honour its promise of extending relief to the calamity-hit people forthwith.
The CPI(M) state committee demanded regularisation of ad hoc, contractual, need-based, seasonal, daily rated and contingency paid workers engaged in different departments across the state. These workers have been functioning for many years now, with a majority of them having put in more than ten years of consolidated service on insignificant monthly remunerations. The meagre remuneration, together with long periods of consolidated service, warrants justice in the shape of regularisation of all these workers without any further delay.
The CPI(M) suggested confirmation of these workers on the pattern of existing Class IV vacancies which exist in hundreds in both the divisions of the state. The committee further urged the government of