Punjab News CPM: Revamp public distribution system


Prime VIP
Chandigarh, June 20

The CPM state committee today called for immediate revamp of the public distribution system to ensure supply of 14 essential commodities at subsidised rates to the poor.

In a statement here, following completion of a three-day meeting, party state secretary Charan Singh Virdi also urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to make civil and police administration responsive to the woes of the people and make their honour, life and property secure.

The committee taking stock of the economic and political situation of the state through a resolution expressed grave concern on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. It said poor people and women are feeling insecure. Incidents of looting, dacoities, heroine smuggling, fake currency, illegal arms and explosive material and activities of extremist organisations were on the rise.

The committee said land mafia with patronage and connivance of the ruling politicians was on a land-grabbing spree of the urban and rural areas. It said the latest example was an attack on the people who had resettled land at Sidhwan Belt in Ludhiana district.

It said the land mafia with the help of naib tehsildar, BDO and SHO and his police and armed goons attacked the settlers on May 29 and tried to grab 33-acre land.

The committee rejected the maximum support price of paddy announced by the Centre and demanded that the MSP should be enhanced to Rs 1,350 per quintal.

The committee conducted mid-term review of the implementation of the organisational tasks and also adopted the rectification document of the secretariat. The committee planned a campaign for raising Rs 40 lakh for Comrade Surjeet Bhawan building being constructed at New Delhi, in which Central Party School will be housed. It also approved the re-admission of Comrades Chand Singh Chopra and Sukhdev Singh Bari into the party. Comrades SR Pillai, politburo member and Nilotpal Basu, Central Secretariat member, made report on central committee decisions.