Prakash Karat: Govt aims at looting India’s natural resources & dismantling rural work programs

November 7, 2014 by  
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Prakash Karat and ModiKolkata, November 6, 2014: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of unveiling policies targeted at looting India’s natural resources and changing the basics of Indian economy, the CPI-M Thursday scoffed at his pet Swachh Bharat project, saying unless poverty was removed, the country could not be cleaned.

Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Prakash Karat asked the people to rally against the “neo-liberal and communal offensive” and said his party would go all out to challenge the “right wing offensive”.

“The entire party should resolve to counter the right wing offensive in the country,” Karat said addressing an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seventh party Congress of the undivided CPI, which led to the emergence of the CPI-M.

“The policies unveiled by Modi are aimed at changing the basics of the Indian economy and looting the country’s natural resources. People should rally against the neo-liberal and communal offensive,” he said.

Karat dismissed reports of sharp differences between party politburo members, blaming the “bourgeoisie media of misrepresenting matters”.

“The bourgeoisie media is trying to misrepresent, to twist matters to belittle our serious political discussion as mere tussles and rifts in the party,” he said.

Dubbing Modi a “demagogue”, CPI-M politburo member and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said the prime minister was going around the country asking people to sweep the streets.

“Should I take it that the prime minister doesn’t know unless poverty was alleviated, and people’s basic needs are addressed, the country cannot be cleaned?” Bhattacharjee asked.

“The previous prime minister, Manmohan Singh, seldom spoke. The present one only speaks. He is a mere demagogue,” he said.

Karat: Government bent on dismantling rural work programme

Kolkata, November 6, 2014: The CPI-M Thursday pulled up the BJP-led government at the Centre for being “bent on dismantling” the 100 days rural work programme (MgNREGS) that was one of the flagship programmes of the previous Congress-led regime.

Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Prakash Karat said the northeastern state of Tripura, the only government led by his party in the country, has been hard hit as the Centre reduced the allocation for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

“One legislation, rights-based law which we got adopted in 2006 in parliament which provided 100 days of work on demand for a member of a family at a minimum wage, has provided some relief to the rural poor. Now the present government is bent on dismantling it,” Karat said here.

He claimed Tripura was the best performing state in implementing the MGNREGS and succeeded in ensuring 88 days of work.

“Now Tripura is in serious trouble as the Centre reduced 47 percent funds for MGNREGS. The Centre wants to limit the scheme to only 200 districts in the country,” he said.

CPI-M politburo member and former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee dubbed as “extreme right wing politics” the attempts to curtail the MGNREGS.

– ians

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