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CPI cries CMP violation, threatens Statewide stir

Published by MAC on 2006-06-28

CPI cries CMP violation, threatens Statewide stir

NewInd press

28th June 2006

BHUBANESWAR: The Communist Party of India (CPI) has threatened to launch a Statewide agitation in July to highlight the anti-people decisions of the UPA Government at the Centre and the State Government.

In the second phase between August 17 and 24, all block offices would be gheraoed by the party activists.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the State Council meeting of the party held here. Alleging the UPA Government at Centre of violating the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) by deciding to disinvest Nalco, the resolution warned that the people of the State would not tolerate this.

Allowing Posco to construct a minor port near Paradip will affect the interests of the State, it said, adding that this will pave the way for the Korean company to purchase the port later.

The resolution also criticised the leasing out of mines by the State Government to both foreign and Indian companies, alleging that the mineral resources of the State will be exhausted within the next 30 years because of this.

It demanded cancellation of all mining leases, formulation of resettlement and rehabilitation policy through an all-party meeting, change in the Posco project site, proper implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and revision of the BPL list.

Meanwhile, the Orissa Gana Parishad (OGP) has also threatened to launch a Statewide agitation in July protesting the disinvestment in Nalco.

In a statement, a party spokesman criticised the double standards adopted by the Congress. Congress had opposed a similar decision by the NDA Government.

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