Friday, September 11, 2009

CPI-M’s memo to Tarun Gogoi

CPI-M’s memo to Tarun Gogoi

SILCHAR, Sept 11: Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Cachar-Hailakandi District Committee submitted a memorandum to Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi through the Cachar Deputy Commissioner recently demanding to put a check on the escalating prices of essential commodities.

The members said nearly 77 per cent of the country’s population live below the poverty line and, therefore, are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs owing to the escalating prices. They alleged that the State and the Central Government have not taken any initiative to bring down the prices. The members also alleged that liberal market policies paved the way for uncontrolled black marketing of food grains and this has resulted in increased prices up to 14 times. The committee members, however, said that under the pressure of the leftists, the government has passed a bill on food security where accurately no guarantee has been provided to the consumers. Moreover, in absence of a strong opposition like the BJP at the Centre, who are involved in mudslinging among them selves currently, the ruling UPA government has reduced the amount of wheat, sugar and kerosene from the Public Distribution System, they alleged.

They suggested to the State Government to take steps to regularize the PDS and to distribute 35 kg of rice to each family against an amount of three rupees and to ensure distribution of pulses among the people. THE SENTINEL

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