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The CPI(ML) weekly ML Update welcomed the Congress’s decision to carve the separate state of Telangana

Written by Manoj C G | Published:August 7, 2013 4:52 am

The CPI(ML) weekly ML Update welcomed the Congress’s decision to carve the separate state of Telangana

The CPI(ML) weekly ML Update welcomed the Congress’s decision to carve the separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh and asked the UPA to address long-pending aspirations for statehood and autonomy,including those of Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.

Noting that the Gorkhaland state demand has a strong linguistic and cultural basis,an editorial argues that the tripartite accord replacing the erstwhile Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has failed to satisfy the Gorkha people. It says the demand for a Gorkhaland state to resolve the identity crisis of the Gorkha people cannot be ignored. It also discusses the statehood agitation in Assam and demands in Vidarbha and Bundelkhand. “While rejecting the thesis of small states invoked in the name of better governance,we support the cause of federal restructuring,including the formation of new states to fulfil longstanding popular demands,”

it concludes.

ORDINANCE TROUBLE

CPM journal People’s Democracy has an article explaining why the party opposed the food security ordinance. It makes the case that the government,by bringing the ordinance on the eve of the Parliament session,showed contempt for Parliament. Moreover,it suggests that the ordinance contains two new clauses concerning state governments added without any consultation,thus undermining the federal structure of the Constitution. Also,it claims that on the substantive issues regarding the provision of food security,the ordinance ignores the amendments suggested by several parties.

The article,by Brinda Karat,says the ordinance introduces a new sub-clause stating “[the state government may,as soon as possible,but within such period not exceeding 180 days after the commencement of the ordinance,identify the eligible households in accordance with the guidelines framed under this subsection.”

“State governments will be required to complete two processes. First,the ordinance has lowered the entitlement… To implement this reduced entitlement,it will be necessary for a state government to identify the number of individuals in each family.”

“Secondly… there will have to be a new verification for ‘eligible beneficiaries’,since the targeted system remains… Thus the time framework should first have been discussed with state governments,” she argues.

CALL TO PARLIAMENT

A front-page article in the CPI’s New Age calls for a trouble-free monsoon session of Parliament,arguing that its functioning assumes paramount importance today,when its role as the sole legislator is being gradually surrendered,allowing both the executive and judiciary to act on its behalf.

“The ordinance route adopted by the executive and the ever-rising activism of the judiciary are results of the dysfunction of Parliament,” it states. The article argues that the NDA,“sees merit in both the dysfunction and the continuation of neoliberal policies,[and was hand in glove with UPA 2 in this undemocratic action… Also,the government has set its priority on passing the two ordinances ,the land acquisition bill,insurance and pension fund bills… loss of time due to disruptions is simply not affordable,” it argues.

Compiled by Manoj C.G.

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