A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine
Vol. 14, No. 14, 29 MARCH – 04 APRIL 2011
Poll Promises: Mixer-Grinder in Tamil Nadu, Switzerland-London in West Bengal!
Election time is manifesto time. On the eve of elections we are used to the spectacle of ruling parties releasing eye-catching manifestoes with spectacular promises. Former Haryana Chief Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal had once famously said that all manifestoes read alike, the difference lying only in cover pages showing the names and election symbols of respective parties. There is surely an element of truth in what the earthy leader had said – almost every ruling party manifesto today for example echoes the same rhetoric of 'good governance' and 'inclusive growth' even as in real life governments vie among themselves in promoting corporate plunder, curtailing democratic rights and enacting multi-billion scams. Yet reading between the lines, manifestoes still help us in getting an idea about the forms of politics practised by different parties and holding them accountable after they come to power.
BJP's 'Nationalism' Exposed as
Naked and Cynical Opportunism
The Wikileaks cables had already exposed the hollowness of BJP's criticisms of the UPA's 'subservience' to the US, and even the BJP's opposition to the Nuke Deal, where BJP leaders were revealed as assuring US representatives that such stances were mere political posturing and should not be taken seriously.
AICCTU Recognized in Pricol: Victory for 4 Years of Struggle!
TN Elections: A Round–up of Predominantly Working Class constituencies
Shaheed-e-Azam's Statue Installed for the 1st Time in any Jail
Bhagat Singh's Statue Unveiled in Arrah Jail !
23 March: Shahadat Diwas
Scrap recommendations of the Report of the Expert Committee on PF Pension.
The government and employers should shoulder the responsibility for the welfare of workers in their old age and make the pension a defined benefit scheme.
Increase the government's share of EPF to 6%, i.e., 50% of employee's share as per Parliamentary Standing Committee recommendations.
Remove the clause of minimum 20 employees in private sector and 50 in co-operative sector for eligibility to become member of EPF.
Reduce the percentage reduction for early pension to 1% from the present 4%.
Extend the benefit of pension to workers in the period of unemployment for various reasons, including retrenchment and closure.
Expedite the settlement of claims. Guarantee PF right to the contract workers.
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