Farmers' suicides, oil prices to top Left's agenda

Published on Nov 20, 2006 10:06 PM IST

The four Left parties met at the CPI headquarters on Monday afternoon to chalk out a joint strategy for the Winter Session.

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None | BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

Farmer suicides, crisis in the agriculture sector and the Centre's efforts to tackle it will top the agenda that the Left parties plan to raise in the coming Parliament session beginning Wednesday.

The four Left parties, which met at the CPI headquarters on Monday afternoon to chalk out a joint strategy for the Winter Session, will demand a separate and detailed discussion on the agrarian crisis, which has claimed the lives of lakhs of farmers in the last decade.

"We also want the National Farmers' Commission report and the suggestions it made to improve the plight of the farmers to be discussed. We want to know what kind of impact the special packages had on the farmers' community. If they have been successful, why are farmers still committing suicides," All-India Forward Bloc Secretary G Devrajan said.

The Left will also question the reason behind the declining government investment in agriculture.

In fact, the All India Kisan Sabha, CPI (M)'s farmers' wing, raised the same issues at a rally in the Capital on Monday. Some 10,000 farmers from across the country participated in it.

The Left would also ask for a discussion in the Parliament on the Rajender Sachar Committee report on the status of the Muslim community. The government would be questioned on the steps that it plans to take to improve the community's educational and social status.

The increasing incidence of violence against Dalits and whether the government is doing enough to protect their rights would also figure prominently during the month-long session.

"Dalits are not only being attacked in Maharashtra. They have also been attacked in Haryana and Rajasthan. Government should act at the earliest," Devrajan said.

The Left, of course, would continue to demand in Parliament a reduction in prices of petrol and diesel.

The four parties will also ask for an assurance from the government that the commitments made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Indo-US nuclear deal in the last session would be fulfilled.

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