Hyderabad: Demanding resolution of some 50 demands concerning to the Dalits, tribals, urban poor, labour and tenant farmers in the State, the State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday launched an indefinite hunger strike at Indira Park.
Noted freedom fighter and member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India, Ms Mallu Swarajyam, launched indefinite hunger strike of the State secretary of the party, Mr B V Raghavulu, executive committee members, Mr S Veeraiah, Mr G Nagaiah and Mr M Babu Rao.
The demands of the CPI (M) include enactment of an act for effective implementation of the SC, ST sub-plan and the Nodal agency; appointment of the SC, ST welfare departments as the Nodal Agency and the review of the GO No. 117; provision of basic amenities in Dalit and tribal colonies; appointment of an expert committee to review the implementation of the Forest Rights Act and begin the second phase implementation of the FRA; review the GOs 1049 and 1170 that were issued on the recommendations by the Koneru Ranga Rao Committee; appoint chairman for the State SC, ST Commission as well as chairperson for the State Women Commission; undertake a survey of about 31 lakh ration cards applications and provide them to the legitimate beneficiaries and do away with the apprenticeship in the Education Department.
The party also demanded that the State government undertake housing construction for all the beneficiaries under the JNNURM in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Corporations; complete the regularisation of house sites of the poor and middle class people in urban areas under the GO Nos 166 and 1348; provide identity cards as per the Memo No. 14369 to all tenant farmers; provide salaries to all the temporary, third party, contingent and contract employees as per the GO No.3; appoint permanent Pos for six ITDAs and earmark Rs 500 crores for the plain area ITDA.
The demands also included clearance of arrears of fee re- imbursements and scholarships for students; cancellation of approvals given to the construction thermal power plants and take back lands allotted to companies in this regard; undertake an enquiry on all land allotments and regularisations in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts and distribute them among the eligible poor; scrap all mining contracts and exports of iron ore from the State; release a white paper on the “Bhubarathi” and allocation of additional amount for the Indiramma Housing scheme. (NSS)