New Delhi, May 16: The left inclined parties in India have called for a nationwide protest starting May 25 to 31 against inflation and unemployment.
The parties have directed their units across the country to carry out a coordinated struggle in their respective areas during the stated period. The parties have also rolled out a list of demands in front of the Centre.
The list of their demands includes Rolling back of surcharges/cess on petroleum products, restoration of the wheat supplies through the Public Distribution System (PDS), strengthening the PDS by the distribution of essential commodities including pulses and edible oil
“Unabated galloping price rise is imposing unprecedented burdens on the people. Crores are suffering and are pushed into deeper poverty with growing hunger pangs. Coming on top of unprecedented and growing levels of unemployment, this is compounding people’s miseries,” joint statement by the Left parties read.
“Over the last year, the prices of petroleum products have increased by 70 percent, vegetables by 20 percent, cooking oil by 23 percent and cereals by 8 percent. Wheat, the staple diet of crores of Indians, is seeing a price rise of over 14 percent, making it unaffordable. Wheat procurement has declined,” the statement added.
The joint statement criticised the government over the wheat procurement policy and claimed that the Centre has procured less than half of the last year.
The parties have also demanded an increase in the MGNREGA allocation, legislation on an employment guarantee scheme for urban areas, and filling up all vacant posts.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist), D Raja, General Secretary, Communist Party of India, Debabrata Biswas, General Secretary, All India Forward Bloc, Manoj Bhattacharya, General Secretary, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)- Liberation were the signatories of the joint statement.