Adopted Resolutions in National Council Meeting on 19th to 21st July, 2019
(Adopted by NC)
During the last few days, incidents of violence and rapes on women and girl children have come to light fast. According to figures, 24 thousand children have been raped during the last 6 months. Supreme Court too has expressed its concern on these horrible incidents. After the Nirbhaya incident, several new laws on violence and rapes on women have been enacted in the country. Yet the violence continues unabated. We condemn all such incidents of violence. We demand of the government that the central and the state governments secure the protection of the children and render them justice.
2. Resolution against Privatisation of Railways
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of Communist Party of India expresses its deep concern over the made rush of the Modi government to hand over the invaluable assets of the country to private hands. Now in its 100 day action plan the government has included handing over running of some trains to private companies and corporation of production unit. Corporation is nothing but a first step towards privatisation.
The railway men are gearing up to protest action against the Modi government policy of privatisation of railways which is considered to be the life line of the country.
National Council denounces governments move.
National Council supports railway men struggle against privatisation of railways.
3. Resolution against the Proposed Move of the NDA Government to Corporatise the Ordnance Factories With the Ulterior Motive of Privatising the Defence Production Units
(Adopted by NC)
The meeting of the National Council of the Communist Party of India held at New Delhi from 19/7/2019 to 21/07/2019 has noted the serious concern that the nation stands at an hour of crisis for a move that would catapult to a situation that would see end of the road for the 218 years old Indian Ordnance Factories consisting of 41 production units manufacturing Arms Ammunitions, Weapons, Tanks, Clothing etc. will stand to get converted in to a Corporation with the ulterior motive of Privatizing the entire Defence Production process. The NDA – 2 Government has kept this proposal in their 100 day Agenda. The CPI is of firm view that the Ordnance Factories should continue as a Government Department since as an established National Policy Ordnance Factories are required to maintain idle capacities to take care of surge demand in emergent war situation. Ordnance Factories cannot be treated as commercial Organisation. Maintaining idle capacity would be not possible if the Ordnance Factories are converted in to a Corporation / PSU.
The Defence manufacturing Industry represents a genuine domain of the state, a domain based on Government Orders as to what to produce, what resources to use, what prices to charge and even to whom to sell and whom not to sell. Therefore, market principles cannot be applied in the case of Ordnance Factories. The previous NDA Government have already declared 286 products being manufactured in the Ordnance Factories as Non-Core and outsourced the same to private sector so that Ordnance Factories can become sick industry. The Communist Party of India urges upon the Government of India to withdraw the decision taken to corporatize the Ordnance Factories in the interest of National Security and empower the Ordnance Factories to function effectively as a Departmental Unit so that the Ordnance Factories can fulfill the task of achieving self-reliance in Defence.
The CPI extend all support to the employees of Ordnance Factories and their Trade Unions who are fighting against the move of the Government to Corporatize the Ordnance Factories, with the ulterior motive of total privatisation of the national assets.
4. Resolution on Agriculture and Budget 2019-20
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of CPI, meeting in Delhi on 19, 20, and 21 July, 2019 has adopted the following resolution on Budget 2019-20 and its impact on Agriculture:
Budget of government of India for 2019-20 presented by finance minister Smt. Sitharaman is fraught with serious consequence for peasant farming to be replaced by company farming with proposals like solar energy at large scale, group farming, change land laws for introducing long term leasing, invitation to private capital in the name of new technologies of irrigation as drip and sprinkler irrigation by them after getting long leases of vast chunks of land. The slogan of zero budget farming is a hoax and a retrograde step.
CPI is of firm view that cooperatives be made vehicles for providing finances on long term bases and very cheap and subsided finance for this. Otherwise the government take upon itself to provide all infrastructure. The budget has not earmarked any funds for this very urgent necessity to save water. Water harvesting, recharging, creating and fighting pollution do not find due consideration and allotments in the budget.
Similarly there is least realization to make agricultural remunerative vocation instead of unprofitable occupation with increasing costs and denial of just prices in the market. There is no allocation to relieve farmers from debt of various types i.e. private, institutional and cooperative. It is government’s responsibility as it buyer and controller of markets of inputs as well outputs i.e. grain, pulses, oil seed, cotton and sugarcane. There is not any serious step to pay dues of sugarcane growers on the other hand budget has sharply increased import duty, prices of petrol and diesel, which in turn, will lead to higher import prices of fertilizers and chemicals. It has decreased real allocations on MGNREGA and other social expenditures as scholarships, health and education services etc.
Similarly employment has been totally ignored, though government has admitted unemployment has surpassed 45 years record. Budget also has no steps to ensure that peasants get the government declared price, but stress further advance of e-marketing and privatisation, that will further eat up peasants’ earning.
The party appealed to Agrarian working people to prepare for long drawn out struggles to save land get remunerative prices, fight for relief from debt and to end the 25 year era of inhuman and bankrupt neo-liberalism and corporate rule.
1.75 lakh earmarked as agricultural allocation is in reality for Prime Minister Kisan and some other such schemes as insurance e-marketing that do not add to well being of peasantry, agricultural development and earning. Food security and self reliance are under threat and imports will increase.
5. Resolution on CPI Condemns Attack on Activists like Aruna Roy by RSS
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of Communist Party of India strongly condemns the mischievous and scurrilous attack on Aruna Roy, NFIW President and Nikhil Dey and others of NKSS by a RSS affiliate. Recently Vishvanath Samvad Kendra, a Rajasthan’s affiliated body of the RSS published a booklet titled “Koun Hai Urpan Naxal?”and circulated in the state of Rajasthan.
In the context of this publication, there is an urgent need to renew the campaign for all rights based laws, to make sure the young generation understands how much RTI, public monitoring and the rights based laws contribute to their well being. There is also an urgent need to launch a countrywide protest against this malicious attack on activists by RSS. Earlier RSS targeted five activists and well known professionals and they are now in jail. Among them is Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj.
6. Resolution on Drought and Floods
(Adopted by NC)
The Communist Party of India notes with great agony and pain that the country is reeling under severe drought and floods at present. The state of Assam and Bihar are worst effected due to floods and the states of South India are facing unimaginable drought conditions resulting in acute shortage of even drinking water. The farming activities are almost at halt in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry and Karnataka. Kerala State had monsoons one month late and metrological department is of the view that 20 per cent to 25 per cent less rains are expected and it depends on the air problems in sea and movement of clouds.
The existing drought like situation in absence of water the sowing in many states has not taken place. The saplings of paddy could not be planted in absence of rains and they are spoiled. The growing prices of diesel is out of reach for small poor and marginal farmers to use it for using the pumps. The water level has gone to low beyond the imagination and need of hour is to go on a war foot level for recharging without further delay.
In North India according the metrological department less than average rainfall is predicted. The drought situation in Vidharva and Marthwada region of Maharashtra and continued drought conditions in North East especially Manipur is very serious and lowering down of water level is very critical. The agriculture input cost will go very high, agri-production and productivity will be adversely effected.
The National Council of the Communist Party of India expresses its deep sympathies with flood affected families who are uprooted and lost their dear ones and heavy devastation they are facing. The people of drought affected areas are leaving the rural part in search of bread in big numbers in absence of help from government.
The CPI notes with concern that the floods in Assam and Bihar in many districts is not because of heavy rains but the dams which were planned decades ago could not constructed or half hoatedly planned and unfinished dams brings devastation every year and huge money is siphoned in a clandestine manner. The flood and continuous erosion of land in Assam should be declared as a national issue of paramount importance.
The CPI Demands:
Urgent financial help by central government to all drought flood effected states. Centre teams be sent urgently to assess the damages.
More National Disaster Management teams should be sent with adequate helping materials especially in Bihar, Assam and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
To bring down the agriculture input cost the central government must withdraw the increase in diesel, petrol prices which has been proposed in recent budget.
The CPI calls upon its units at various level to come forward to help drought and flood effected people with material support and requests to special organisation to help generously to effected people at large.
7. Resolution On Muzaffarnagar Riots Case
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of CPI being held from 19 - 21 July 2019 at New Delhi expresses serious concern at the way the investigations were conducted in the cases of riots in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. Reacting to a report published in the Indian Express on 19 July 2019 that 40 of the 41 accused in the riots were acquitted because either the witnesses turned hostile or the case was poorly prepared by the police. The party requests Hon'ble Supreme Court to take Suo Moto cognizance of the report and reopen the cases. According to the report 5 witnesses took a U turn and deposed that they were not present when their relatives were killed even though the FIRs mentioned otherwise. The report also highlights that the police did not produce murder weapons in the court. Another serious negligence is that the prosecution never cross examined the police on these cases. As a result all the acquittals are in the case of attacks on Minorities. Only in one case there has been conviction where the accused is from a minority community. The whole case shows blatant communal bias.
8. Resolution on National Investigation Agency
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of Communist Party of India reiterates its position that terrorism of all creeds need to be fought back uncompromisingly. The Party is of considered view that terrorism in India is nurtured by religious fundamentalism owing allegiance to various ideologies. They are instruments in the hands of exploiting classes to divide the unity of toiling masses by deviating their attention from burning socio-economic problems. Mobilising masses against terrorism through exposing their real character has become imperative today.
The Communist Party firmly believes that the recent amendments in the National Investigation Agency Act is not in line with the peoples commitment to fight terrorism. The BJP government through this move was trying to advance its majoritarian philosophy, in the pretext of fighting terrorism. The new amendments intend to extend the NIA operations outside the country also ,and to proclaim any court as ‘designated' to handle cases registered by the agency. On the face, it may seem harmless. But in the hands of a reactionary government Ied by fascist ideology, this will be used as a sharpened weapon against Dalits, minorities and human right activists.
Track record of NIA Proves that they are easily viable to the diktats of the political bosses who are in power. It is they who white washed the criminal conspiracy behind terrorist activities like Malegaon bomb blasts and Samjhota express blast. Under RSS Controlled BJP rule saffronised terrorism is depicted as acts of patriotism. Its exponents went to to the extent of praising Nathuram Godse, the Killer of the father of the Nation as great patriot!
NIA under BJP was ever vindictive towards Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and human right activists. There is every likelihood, that the added sharpness to its tooth and nail would be used by the Government against its political opponents and ideological critics. It can be used to suppress the freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution.
Being aware of these facts the Communist Party call up on all democratic forces to be on the vigil against the possible misuse of added powers to NIA. The National Council urge all Party units to hold hands together with all those sections of people, who fight against authoritarian policies of the government, in defense of democracy, secularism and social justice.
9. Resolution on Nationalisation of Banks
(Adopted by NC)
19th July, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Bank nationalisation when 14 major banks were nationalised by the government. Nationalization of banks was a consistent demand of our party and our party had been campaigning both inside and outside the parliament. All India Bank Employees Association was also fighting on this demand through various struggles.
In 1969, in the background of acute famine and poverty in many states, Indira Gandhi decided to accept the demand of the Left to nationalise the banks. But Indira Gandhi was opposed by many leaders within the Congress. Our party extended total support to Indira Gandhi to go ahead with this decision and thus major banks were nationalised.
Since then, in the last 50 years, nationalised banks have made significant strides in opening thousands of branches in the rural areas, in augmenting the saving of the people and to deploy the same for important economic needs like agriculture, rural development, poverty reduction, employment generation, women empowerment, etc.
But when the need is to further strengthen these public sector banks to enable further broad-based economic development, the government is busy to weaken our public sector banks by pursuing measures like dilution of government’s equity, merger of banks, huge concessions to corporate defaulters, etc. The burden of bad loans is sought to be heaped on the shoulder of the poor masses.
While hailing the 50th anniversary of Bank nationalisation, the national council demands of the government to halt their policies of retrograde banking reforms and take all-out steps to ensure a vibrant public sector banking system.
10. Resolution on New Education Policy
(Adopted by NC)
Releasing the report on the New Education Policy, only one month’s time, that is till 31 July is given for suggestions. How is it possible? The clain is a white lie that lakhs of people have been consulted in proposing it. No teacher, student or organisation has been consulted. Their suggestions have not even been consulted. Wide consultation is an eye-wash. The report is 668 pages heavy in Hindi and 484 pages in English. No policy is prepared in vaccum, there is always a background.
The Report on New Education obviously reflects the political philosophy, economic character, social and cultural trends of the ruling classes.
The whole reports is historically and inherently contradictory. It talks of education for all but clears the way for only a few.
The report mentions only the ancient history. It is surprising that no mention is made of the medieval and modern India.
There is no mention of India’s freedom struggle and of long struggle against colonialism. This indicates towards a particular ideology. This is very serious.
The Education Policy Report is a U-turn from D S Kothari report and Kasturi Rangan report.
The period from 1991 to 2019 is that of liberation. Along with economic liberalism, education is also sought to be liberalized.
Impact of freedom struggle is to be seen on Kothari Commission Report. The Commission advocated common school neighbourhood system, importance of teacher, decentralization of education system, equality of the urban and the rural, and scientific education. On the other hand, the new education report, Ambani-Birla report, knowledge report, and MHRD inputs together only advance the RSS agenda.
Our economic policy has become the prisoner of liberalism, globalization, privatisation, commercialization, communalization, ideological disruption and centralization. The New Education Policy only reflects this.
The report only puts into practice the promises made by government of India to WTO and GATT. Education is sought to be handed over to the forces of the market and turned into commodity. Principles of profit or loss are sought to be applied.
The report totally ignores the freedom movement, struggle against colonialism, educational contributions of Savitri Bai Phule, Jyotiba Phule, Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar. At the same time, mention of the first war of Independence of 1857, Indian National Army and other events and struggles do not find mention. They were truly ‘national’ movements. The Education report is written with a communal mind-set to fulfill the 3-year task set by the NITI Aayog. The idealist talks are all eye-wash. All diagnosis and prescriptions are totally at variance with each other.
The main aims of the New Education Policy are as follows:
1. Free, secure and high standard of education for children of age of 3 to 6 years, with evolving guarantees till 2025.
2. Free and compulsory education to all children of age of 3 to 18 years till 2030.
3. Inclusive education till 2030. GER in higher education till 2035 to be increased from 23 per cent to 50 per cent.
4. Conversion of all higher educational and degree-diploma institutions into Type – 1, Type – 2 and Type – 3 by 2032.
5. Abolition of all the sub-standard and non-functional teachers’ training institutions by 2023.
6. Children of 5 years of age and above should become literate and get quantitative knowledge by 2025. Simultaneously, students of classes 9 to 12 should get 100 per cent GER by 2030.
7. Committed to fundamental changes in the syllabus by 2020. Reduction in the number of the institutions.
8. The colleges will be separated from the universities by 2032, and will become autonomous and award degrees. Neighbouring degree colleges will be brought together in one campus and their manpower will be jointly utilized. The assets of the rest of the colleges will be given over to the market for commercial use. The same principle will apply to the primary schools and Aaganwadi centre. No affiliated colleges will be opened after 2020, only autonomous colleges will be opened. After 2030, there will be no affiliated colleges and universities. All of them will be autonomous and independent.
9. Under the Indian Education system, the number of universities, colleges and schools will be reduced.
10. All the commercial courses will be attached to colleges or universities and at least 50 per cent of students will compulsorily have to go through vocational courses. Youth literacy rate will be 100 per cent by 2030.
11. An apex National Education Commission will be constituted in 2019. MHRD will acquire new form. NHERA will be constituted by 2030 and HEGC by 2023.
These policies reflect a decisive departure from the constitutional values. They negate the democratic welfare-oriented and inclusive education, and caters to the liberal tendencies.
These policies make it easier for centralization, commercialization, communalization and corporatization to be carried out. The completely violate the basic principle of social justice.
The Education policy tries to negate the existing language policy and wants to impose Hindi.
It denies the socially and educationally backward classes the constitutional facilities of registration, research, scholarship, appointment, etc. These opportunities are denied on the pretext of talent.
This education policy restricts the rights of the states. It promotes ultra-centralisation and thus negates the federal structure of the country. The document uses the same standards for the government and private institutions, and thus clears the way for government institutions.
The document talks of cooperation with private, corporate and religious institutions and of funds for them. It makes education costlier and is anti-student.
It advocates Sanskrit, Yoga, Astrology, Mythology, so called ancient ‘Chausath’ (64) ‘Kala’ as part of curriculum. It promotes non-scientific education and obscurantism.
It is proposed that the prime minister of the country will be the Chairman of the National Education Commission and the Union Education Minister the vice-Chairman. This is total centralization and politicalisation. There is contradiction between dreams and reality of education. It is the document of the hidden agenda of the RSS. It diverts our attention from the basic aims of education, university and research. It actively helps the rich, and is against the poor, the Dalits, backwards, Minorities and women.
The National Council of Communist Party of India demands of Government of India:
1. The draft of the education policy be published in all the regional languages.
2. The opinions of all the stock-holders be taken into account.
3. Period of at least six months be given for discussions all over the country, states, local areas and written and outside the Parliament.
The National Council of the Communist Party of India is of the firm opinion that the draft of the New Education Policy is anti-student, anti-teacher, anti-poor and anti-people. It is at the same time a document of the communalization, centralization and corporatization of the education system of the country.
CPI considers it against the interests of the country and totally rejects it.
We the National Council appeals that party should make this an agenda for broader campaign against this blatant attempt by Central government to communalise, commercialise and centralize the education and also propagate common school system and increase expenditure on education as demanded by our party.
11. Resolution on Sonbhadra Incidents
(Adopted by NC)
On 17 July, 2019, several armed people of the landlords murdered Adivasis. The Adivasis were living for several years on the land of forest department. They were mass murdered in the broad day light. The National Council of Communist Party of India strongly condemns it.
600 acres of Forest department land was illegally grabbed by the then district officer of Mirzapur to his nearest relatives way back in the early 1950s. Advasis along with their families need to live on this very land.
CPI is of the firm opinion that the cases of oppression and repressions of the oppressed, backward, downtrodden and socially and economically weaker sections of Kisans and workers have increased unprecedently after the advent of Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh. The authorities, police – anti-social nexus has the full support of BJP leaders and government. This is evidenced by the horrendous murders of the Adivasis in Sonbhadra. Armed gangs led by the Gram Pradhan are the chief culprits and accused, who murdered 10 people including women. Recently, with the help of the senior district officials, the oppressors have got the lands of the Advasis transferred in their names.
CPI demands that the accused authorities be dismissed from their posts. The families of the dead be compensated to the tune of Rs.50 lakhs, and the injured Rs.5 lakhs per head by the state government. A sitting judge of High Court should enquire into the whole matter.
The Uttar Pradesh state council of CPI is going to organise “Anti-Barbarous Murder Day” on 25 July in support of moral owners of ‘Jal-Jangal-Jamin’, the Adivasis. The National Council of Communist Party of India extends its full support to this movement.
12. Resolution on the Amendments to RTI Act
(Adopted by NC)
The National Council of the Communist Party of India which is in session strongly object the RTI Amendment Bill, 2019 introduced by the NDA government in the Lok Sabha on Friday (July 19, 2019). The proposed amendments are regressive and are aimed at undermining the independence of information commissions, thereby diluting India’s strongest and most widely used framework for transparency.
The bill seeks to amend the RTI Act in order to empower the Central Government to unilaterally decide the tenure, salary, allowances and other terms of service of Information Commissioners at the Centre and States. The RTI Act confers an autonomous status to Commissions to empower them to carry out their functions independently so as to enforce compliance of the highest offices with the provisions of the law. The NDA Government has done so by wilfully misrepresenting an amendment to a basic feature of the law, as a function of rule-making.
Enabling the Executive to govern the functioning of the Commissions will fundamentally weaken the institution of the Information Commissions as it will adversely impact their ability to function in an independent manner. Further, the Central government usurping for itself the power to decide even the tenure, salaries and allowances of information commissioners of the State Information Commissions violate the principles of federalism.
The NC of CPI demands that the proposed amendments to the RTI Act is withdrawn and maintain the independence of RTI commission.
13. Resolution on Tripura Panchayat Election
(Adopted by NC)
The BJP made a history by grabbing 85% of seats unopposed in three-tier panchayat elections which is to be held in Tripura on July 27, 2019 by not allowing Left Front and other opposition candidates even to present their nomination papers to the respective authorities.
From July 1 to 8 was the period for submitting nomination papers for three tier Panchyat election. But armed gangs of BJP were stationed before the election offices to prevent the opposition candidates reaching the election offices. At the same time BJP goons created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation throughout the state resulting even those who managed to submit their nomination was forced to withdraw their nomination papers.
After the last date of withdrawal, over 90 per cent of the seats in the panchayat samitis and gram panchayats have gone uncontested to the BJP. The Left Front have decided to contest the remaining seats in three tier election on July 27.
The National Council of Communist Party of India condemns the fascistic methods of terror and intimidation of BJP to win the elections and call upon the People of India in general and Particularly of Tripura to mobilse all anti-BJP forces to stop this onslaught on the democratic exercise of the people guaranteed by the Indian constitution.
14. Resolution On Anti Worker Labour law changes
(Adopted by NC)
This National Council meeting of the CPI being held in New Delhi on 19-21 July, notes with grave concern that the Government of India in the last few years has announced several far reaching changes in the labour laws in the name of reforms with a view to facilitate “Ease of doing business” in order to attract foreign and indigenous investment. It has proposed to consolidate the existing labour laws into four Labour Codes i.e IR Code, Code on wages, Code on Health and Safety, Code on Social Security, in spite of the vehement opposition by the working class including the 2 days nationwide massive strike on 8th & 9th January 2019. Only two of the proposed labour codes are being introduced in this session of Parliament. But the finance minister’s budget speech mentioned all the four codes giving an indication of the government’s intention.
A new labour law regime to govern small factories known as Small Factories Bill was introduced, besides several amendments to the Factories Act. Utilising the concurrent powers, the Governments of several states have also taken the initiative to effect changes in the Labour Laws, the forerunners being Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana.
On the other hand, the steep rise in informal employment including in the formal sector since the adoption of the New Economic Policy, the employers enjoy much more flexibility than the labour laws allow. The vested interests amongst the big business are the advisers to the Government of India on the so-called labour law reforms, as admitted in certain forum by the Prime Minister himself. These proposed changes undermine the workers’ and TU rights and are contrary to the constitutional values reflected in the Directive Principles of State Policy as well as international labour standards and will have the effect of pushing large number of workers out of the coverage of beneficial labour legislations. While it is necessary to simplify and harmonise the existing labour legislations, the steps by the Government is in the direction of depriving their hard won rights in the process.
The Government has been acting unilaterally and announcing these changes without any meaningful consultations with the Trade Unions. The Government has ignored the unanimous recommendations passed by the Indian Labour Conference such as Need based minimum wages and other long standing demands.
There is no tangible relief to the working class in the 2019 Budget placed in the Parliament and the several demands/depositions placed by the Central Trade Unions are simply ignored.
This meeting of the National Council salutes the working class for already having challenged these anti-worker policies under the banner of the AITUC on 15-16-17 July, 2019 by nation-wide demonstrations and stands in solidarity with their struggles.