CPI Press Communiqué
The following is the communiqué issued at the press conference addressed by Communist Party of India General Secretary D Raja at the conclusion of the three-day National Council Meeting held at Ajoy Bhavan, New Delhi on October 2, 3 and 4, 2021:
A meeting of the National Council of the Communist Party of India was held on 2-4 October, 2021 at the Party Headquarters, Ajoy Bhavan in New Delhi.
The meeting was presided over jointly by Com. Nagendranath Ojha, Ex-M.P. and leader of Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union (BKMU) and Chada Venkat Reddy, Secretary, Telangana State Council of the Party.
Party General Secretary D. Raja placed the draft report on political, economic developments, proposals for future campaigns and on organizational tasks. After deliberations, the following decisions have been taken.
The next Party Congress that is the 24th Congress of the Party, will be held from 14 to 18, October, 2022 at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Accordingly, the conferences of Party units at all levels including the state conferences have to be scheduled.
Forthcoming Assembly Elections
The National Council discussed the electoral tactics and preparations for the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Goa.
The state councils of the Party in these states in consultation with the national leadership will evolve appropriate electoral tactics keeping in view the defeat of BJP and its allies and winning reasonable number of seats so that the Party can serve the people effectively using the legislative forums.
1. Protest against the killings of farmers in Uttar Pradesh from 4 to 11 October, 2021
While condemning the killings of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, the National Council demanded the arrest of the Minister and his son along with a high level judicial probe.
The National Council has decided to organize protests across the country from 4 - 11 October, 2021. And also demand scrapping of three farm laws passed by the Parliament and kept on hold by government for 18 months.
2. November 7 – Revolution Day
The National Council has decided that Party units must observe the Revolution Day in a grand manner. The Great October Revolution (November 7) – the first socialist revolution which took place in Russia under the leadership of Lenin is an inspiration to all the communists all over the world. It also underlines that socialism is the only alternative and the future of the humanity.
3. Campaign in Defence of Constitution and for Social Justice
The National Council discussed the burning issues of price rise, dismantling of public sector undertaking, galloping unemployment and the hardships and sufferings of the people.
The National Council discussed the increasing atrocities committed against women, dalits, tribals and minorities.
Considering the multiple crisis that the country is facing today, the National Council has decided to organize an ideological and political campaign in multifarious ways in defence of Constitution and for social justice. This campaign will be from November 26 to December 6, 2021.
Intensify the Campaign Against BJP-RSS Combine
The BJP-RSS combine is aggressively pursuing its Hindutva agenda. Constitution of the country is systematically subverted by redefining and altering the fundamental tenets of Indian state which constitute the secular and welfare state as defined by the Constitution.
The Parliament of India and other parliamentary institutions are increasingly becoming redundant.
The federalism imbued in our Constitution is systematically weakened. Union government is snatching away the rights and powers of the state governments.
Economy is in shambles. Modi government is protecting and patronizing the crony capitalists and corporate houses for looting the country and leaving the real wealth creators the workers and farmers devastated. The recently announced monetary pipeline policy to raise Rs.6 lakhs 40 thousand crores is nothing but selling public property to boost private interest. Communist Party of India strongly opposes such anti-people economic policies.
Frequent rise of oppressive colonial laws like sedition, attack on freedom to express dissent are on increase. Crimes against women, dalits, tribals and minorities, social conflicts are on rise.
The country has been plunged into multiple deep crises.
The National Council having discussed the emerging situation in the country has called upon party units at all levels to intensify the ideological and political campaign against BJP-RSS combine and also to unite secular democratic forces for a viable alternative.
Communist Party of India
National Council Meeting from October 02 to 04, 2021, At Ajoy Bhavan, New Delhi
1. Resolution on Lakhimpur Kheri Incident
The National Council has sharply condemned the killing of farmers during its meeting held from 2 to 4 October, 2021 in Ajoy Bhavan. It is learnt that Union Minister of State for Home was to attend a sports event. People from all communities were present. Most of them opposed the presence of minister then son of the minister with his car mauled the farmers in which farmers died and two reporters were injured. After this gruesome incident people of Uttar Pradesh demonstrated on roads against government.
CPI demands that culprits along with son of the minister be arrested and charged with murder. The concern minister should resign and also demanded that compensation be given to the families of the farmers who died. And at least one member of the family of farmers who died must be given a government job. CPI condemned the killing of farmers and deplored BJP attempt to communalise the incident.
2. Resolution on NMP and Privatisation –
Two Sides of the Same Coin
The National Council meeting of the CPI held at New Delhi from 2nd to 4th October, 2021 unequivocally condemns the recent announcement of the government regarding National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP). The idea is to hand over the huge and precious public assets to the hands of a few capitalists who are being nakedly pampered by the NDA/BJP government.
Already the government has gone on a rampage to privatise very important public sector undertakings including from the core sectors. There is no evidence in the last three decades of LPG policies that privatisation of PSUs has improved the efficiency and profitability or added to national development and prosperity. Hence there is a need to review and reverse these privatisation policies. It is necessary to revive and strengthen our public sector units. Public sector alone has social welfare and people’s interest as its agenda.
But the present government is pursuing anti-public sector policy which is detrimental to our economy. To add fuel to fire, recently government has announced their National Monetisation Pipeline. Under this policy all public assets are earmarked for leasing to private sector. These national assets include roads, ports, airports, public stadium, power transmission assets, hydel and solar power assets, natural gas pipeline, petroleum products, coal sector, warehousing assets, railway stations, passenger train operations, goods sheds, telecom towers, etc. virtually entire India is for sale. National assets built up in the last seven decades with tax payers’ money are being handed over to the cronies of the government.
The meeting extends its total support to the struggle of the Central Trade Union on this issue and to their call for Protest Day on 7th October, 2021.
The implementation of NMP would have adverse impact on employment generation, reservation policy, price-level and availability of goods and services to the common people at reasonable price.
The meeting while calling upon the government to withdraw this NMP policy, calls upon all our party units and members to carry on a campaign amongst the people to make them aware of the disastrous implications of this National Monetisation Pipeline Policy which is nothing but privatisation of public assets.
2. Resolution on Manipur
The National Council meeting of the Communist Party of India held on October 2 – 4, 2021 at Ajoy Bhavan, New Delhi passed the following resolutions on Manipur.
The National Council meeting discussed in depth the recent developments in Manipur. The people of Manipur have been experiencing a very disturbing problem of extortion and forced tax collection by the underground outfits even at the very nose of the Army and Police. There are two lifelines viz N.H. No. 2 Imphal Dimapur Road and Imphal Jiribam N.H. No. 37 which are passing through Naga dominated areas. Every vehicle moving through those two National Highways has to pay taxes. This is open looting of the people at broad daylight. Several memoranda, were submitted to the union government for deployment of highway protection forces at these two lifelines without any positive action so far.
Recently, on 22nd of September one Mr. Athuan Abonmei a social activist and a political leader who is a dedicated man for the integrity of the state of Manipur was brutally murdered of Tamenglong in the midst of the state function attended by the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues, Mr. Athuan Abonmei was kidnapped in front of the public and security personals and ultimately found murdered. The National Council strongly condemns the killing and demands immediate action to arrest the culprits. It also reiterates its demand for deployment of Highway protection forces at the two National Highways of Manipur at the earliest.
3. Resolution on National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)
The National Council meeting of the CPI being held at Delhi from 2 - 4 October 2021 expresses grave concern on National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) recently launched by the Prime Minister of India. The NDHM is short on details about how sensitive medical records will be secured and it doesn't inspire confidence that the very real security issues are being adequately addressed.
One of the main concerns with the NDHM is that it suggests a framework that severely overlaps with the fundamental right to privacy. Specifically, it does not align fully the privacy principles recommended by the Group of Experts on Privacy (Justice A.P. Shah Committee) and the more recent, Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee report whose recommendations on data protection form the core foundation for the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. Extensive due diligence is required by all stakeholders to ensure that a right balance is created between the public healthcare needs and the legal rights of the citizens, specifically the right of privacy and data protection.
The opt-out mechanism also appears to be flawed, as a person’s record isn't erased if they opt out but instead simply locked. The government of India doesn't have a good track record with cyber security, and the strategy doesn’t allay one’s concerns.
Many issues mentioned under "sensitive personal data" are bewildering. It says that “such personal data, which may reveal or be related to, but shall not be limited to, financial information such as bank account or credit card or debit card or other payment instrument details; physical, physiological and mental health data; sex life; sexual orientation; medical records and history; biometric data; genetic data; transgender status; intersex status; caste or tribe; and religious or political belief or affiliation”. Why sensitive personal data should include religious or political belief or affiliation of data principals or about their sex life or sexual orientation for that matter?
Additionally, the blueprint does not provide sufficient safeguards against commercial exploitation of Sensitive Personal Data that may be caused by private entities that will be linked to public entities under this system. These include insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and device manufacturers.
In the present form, there exist serious concerns about the privacy of an individual’s health records. Hence, implementation of the blueprint in the absence of an enforceable data protection law seems impractical.
Data leakage is another serious threat, which needs to be addressed robustly. How long would the system protect its data of many millions getting stored in the decentralised system holding transferable data? Informed consent may mean nothing to a patient or relatives even in normal times let alone in a time of medical emergency.
The CPI demands that the NDHM should meet data privacy issue robustly to ensure that there is no exploitation of data by private players.
5. Resolution on Digital Divide in Education
National Council of the Communist Party of India voices its serious concern about the difficulties in education faced by most rural students and the economically and socially backward students as most of them are unable to participate in online education and offline education is stopped.
CPI demands that:
1. Smartphones or tablets or laptops along with WiFi facilities must be provided to students in all areas, educational institutes and community centres.
2. As soon as possible, all students must be vaccinated and education activities should be resumed physically.
3. Special assistance must be given to students who suffered due to online education.
4. Due to loss of job and curtail in wages, many parents are unable to pay fees of the educational institutes and hence must be assisted.
5. Party congratulates and extend its support to student organisations agitating on these issues and appeals to intensify their agitation to address these serious issues and digital divide.
6. In this light, our party oppose the National Education Policy 2020 which further increases the digital divide.