Com. S.K.Vyas, Secretary General, NCCPA, has informed that the 78.2% IDA file has been forwarded by the Department of Pension and Pension Grievances to the Department of Expenditure for its approval. BSNLEU and AIBDPA are pursuing the matter.
All India Women’s Democratic Association (AIDWA), one of the biggest women’s progressive association in India, has elected new office-bearers in its 15th National Conference held at Bodh Gaya in Bihar this week.
Coms. Malini Bhattacharya has been elected as President, Jagmati Sangwan as General Secretary and P.K.Sreemathi as Treasurer.
My Hearty Congratulations to the newly h office-bearers!
It is reported that the National Security Agency(NSA) of USA has hacked more than 55,000 computers and infected them with malware. This is according to the classified documents revealed by the whistle blower Edward Snowden, who is being haunted by the US government.
There is no limit to what the US imperialists will do to continue their top position in the world. For the US, there is nothing except their world hegemony position. Anything can be done for that purpose, murder, attacking other nations, drone attacks, economic blockade of any country etc.
There should be an end to this inhuman and barbaric aggression.
With great sorrow it is intimated that Com. Shyamali Gupta, till recently President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and a senior leader of the CPI(M) passed away today at Kolkata. She was 68 years old.She had just returned from Bodh Gaya to kolkata after attending the National Conference of the AIDWA.
She was in the student movement and later took active interest in the women’s movement. She became the General Secretary of the AIDWA in 1990 and later as its President and continued till this Conference. Her death is a big loss to the Women’s Movement.
We express our deep sorrow and convey our heartfelt condolences to the family members and party comrades!
The double face of the Government has been exposed more than once. It speaks about the poor, but always does things for the rich. Once again its pro-rich, pro-corporate dark face has been exposed.
According to the media reports, during the 8 financial years from 2005-06 to 2012-13, the Central Government has foregone an Amount of Rs. 33,80,799 by way of Corporate Tax, Personal Income Tax, Excise and Custom duties which was to be recovered from the corporates etc. may be numbering a few lakhs altogether. But the subsidy etc. given to the crores of common people in the country is only about half or less than that. The break-up of the rebates etc. to the rich and corporates are given below:
Corporate Tax Rebate : Rs. 4,74,346 crore
Personal Income Tax : Rs. 2,71,512 crore
Excise Duty : Rs.11,45,337 crore
Customs Duty : Rs.14,89,604 crore
Total : Rs.33,80,799 crore
This government is not the government of poor and toiling people, but the government of the crorepatis.
Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, had a talk with Shri Prachish Khanna, Director (Estt.), DOT on 25th November. Regarding 78.2% IDA, he stated that the file is yet to be sent back to DOT by the Department of Pension & Pensions Grievances.
The file on the Pay Anomaly of 2000 conversion of CDA to IDA is returned to DOT seeking certain clarifications by the Dept. of P& PG.
AIBDPA and BSNLEU are pursuing the case effectively.
All India BSNL DOT Pensioners’ Association (AIBDPA) General Secretary Com.KG Jayaraj has given call, as per the decision of the Jaipur CEC Meeting, to organise massive CCA/Circle office march on 28th November 2013 demanding settlement of the issues mentioned in the 23 point Charter of Demands submitted already.
BSNL workers and their organisations are sure to support this just and reasonable demand. Give all solidarity and support to the agitation by the Pensioners.
The 15th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers Parties, which was held at Lisbon Portugal on 8-10 November 2013 was participated by 77 Communist Parties from 61 countries. 14 Communist Parties which could not attend send letters expressing their inability to attend.
The International Meeting discussed about the present world situation and other relevant issues. After the discussions, defined the following guidelines for their common and convergent action and mandated the Working Group to plan for implementation of the following guidelines:
1. Commemorate the 100 years of First World War (1914-18) and 75 years of the II World War (1939-45) through alerting the people about the dangers of war and the new international military clashes and the need to enhance the struggle for peace which is closely connected with the struggle for socialism.
2. Mark the 15 years beginning of criminal imperialistic NATO aggression in Yugoslavia and the development of of military imperialistic strategy for occupation of countries by NATO.
3. Organise international seminar on the crisis of the capitalist and developed countries and also focussing on the issues of the developing countries.High light the ominous role of the monopolies in this connection.
4. Organise International campaign in solidarity with the ongoing processes and struggles in Latin America and Caribbean and in particular Socialist Cuba,against the Cuban blockade, the 4 Cuban patriots still in US jail etc.
5. Organising international working committee meetings to debate ideological offensive etc.
6. To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014.
7. Observe 1 May 2014 as May Day in a befitting manner.
8. Examine the possibility of convergent actions on the combat against racism, xenophobia,fascism, stressing the importance of struggle against anti-communism etc.
9. To determine a day of action against the persecution of Communist parties and the ban on Communist symbols, affirming the solidarity with the communist parties banned in their countries.
10. Commemorate the 95th Anniversary of creation of the Communist International (March 1919) underlining, on the occasion of 90 years of Lenin’s death, his central contribution to the international communist movement.
11. Organise an international seminar on the social and national emancipation struggles of the peoples of Arab Countries and the Middle east expressing solidarity.
12. Continue to denounce the imperialist intervention against Syria and Iran and for an independent palestinian state.
13. To promote international front against and to support the anti-imperialist mass organisations, World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), World Peace Council(WPC), World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) and Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF).
New Delhi, Nov 24 Expressing concern over WTO’s permissible food subsidy limit norms, CPI(M) today said India should not give in to the “unjust pressure” of the world body and western powers and continue to press for “fundamental changes” in its rules at the next meet in Bali in December.
As per the WTO norms, a developing nation can provide food subsidy of up to 10 per cent of the total farm output.
While sources have indicated India is likely to agree for a four-year “peace clause”, which will provide immunity against penalty for breaching the food subsidy cap, the party’s polit bureau in a statement today said the clause should be rejected by India.
“The polit bureau demands that India should not give in to this unjust pressure from the WTO secretariat and the EU and the US and continue to press for fundamental changes in the WTO rules so that food subsidy programme are not designated as illegal,” it said.
It said the WTO rules will not only jeopardise present efforts in India to ensure food security for millions of hungry people, but will also make it impossible to further strengthen food security measures.
The G-33 nations, a group of emerging countries including India, are demanding amendment in the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) in order to implement the food security plan without attracting any penalty even after breaching the minimum subsidy cap.
The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference will be held in Bali from December 3-6.
Talking to reporters yesterday, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had said the government would endeavour to work out a solution in the Bali meet to protect interest of the country’s farmers and poor.
Sharma said India has raised the fundamental issue pertaining to public stock holding and domestic food security programme and underscored that this is of critical importance for India, especially in the backdrop of the National Food Security Act.
Developed countries like the US and Canada have raised concerns over India’s food security legislation at the WTO.
They have asked India to explain the effect of the law on global stocks and commodity prices. (PTI)