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CPI(M) conducts padayatra against Centre's policies

By Our Staff Reporter

CUDDAPAH, AUG. 26. Communist Party of India(Marxist) functionaries staged a padayatra and addressed meetings at important centres in Cuddapah town on Thursday to enlighten people on the anti-people policies of the Central Government.

Hike resented

Addressing the gathering, the district CPI(M) secretary, B. Narayana, accused the UPA Government of following similar policies like its predecessor, the NDA. He resented the steep hike in petroleum products, enhancement of Foreign Direct Investment in the LIC, telecom and surface transport sector, He decried the UPA Government's permission to large industrial units to manufacture 85 products hitherto reserved for the small scale sector.

The reduction in interest rate on provident fund from 9.5 per cent to 8.5 per cent was an anti-employee measure, Mr. Narayana alleged. The CPI(M) was extending outside support to the Congress, with a view to averting the chances of the BJP coming to power, but the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidamabaram, was averse to the party's suggestions not to burden the common man, he alleged.

Campaign till Aug.31

The CPI(M) would campaign against the UPA Government's alleged anti-people policies till August 31, he said. The State Government was yet to initiate concrete measures to implement the Congress' pre-poll promises such as free power to farmers and augmentation of irrigation facilities, he alleged. He urged the Government not to take hasty decisions, but implement them by examining the feasibility of the promises without burdening people.

While assuring top priority to the agricultural sector, the moves to terminate the services of about 8,000 cooperative employees was atrocious, Mr. Narayana alleged. The Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government seemed to be following the Chandrababu Naidu Government's policy on the cooperative sector, he alleged.

He addressed meetings at the old bus stand, Ravindranagar, ITI circle, Yerramukkapalle, RTC bus stand, Apsara and Krishna circles, Nakash, Chilakalabavi and Seven Roads junction.

Local issues

Citing localised problems such as insanitation, drinking water paucity, lack of electrification of some habitations, non-issue of house site pattas, halting of construction of pucca houses and tardy distribution of essential commodities on ration cards, the CPI(M) leader charged the officials with being indifferent towards the plight of the poorer sections. The CPI(M) leaders, K. Anjaneyulu, D.C. Venkataiah, M. Papi Reddy, C. Babu, S. Magbool Basha, S. Sudhakar and others participated.

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