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Rich tax defaulters become burden on the Poor

 

Wednesday February 20, 2013

India, Tax Defaulters, Trade Union, Communist Party of India  
 
Government of India is not collecting tax from capitalists but increases prices of commodities on the plea that there is a shortage of money. Prices of petroleum products and essential goods keep on increasing for shortage of funds when 2.5 lakh crores of income tax money remains unpaid and NPA (Non-performing Assets) amount of Indian banks is 2.33 lakh crore.  
Basudev Mahapatra  
   

The UPA government at the centre has become non-functioning, corrupt and anti-people, said Gurudas Dasgupta, Communist Party of India (CPI) National Council Secretary as well as AITUC General Secretary while in Bhubaneswar to attend party’s national executive meeting.

Holding the present Indian government responsible for slowing down the economy of India, the veteran CPI leader said, “Funds allotted in the budget for social security is being cut. 10% plan expenditure and 10% non-plan expenditure have been reduced by the government as a result of which poor people are hit badly.”

Citing that construction of national highways has comedown from 5 Km a day to only one KM a day, Dasgupta said, “It’s the reckless economic policy of the government that creates more slowdown, more loss of job and, at the same time, escalating the price of essential goods and commodities.”

 

While announcing February 20 and 21 of 2013 as dates of all India strike by all the trade unions of the country, Dasgupta said, “40 crore working people are there in India – organised and unorganised – and Everybody is hit. Therefore we have raised the slogan: Hit out at the government that brutally hits the people.”

“Government is not collecting tax from capitalists but increases prices of commodities on the plea that there is a shortage of money,” the CPI leader said. Explaining how rich people have become burdens on the poor, Dasgupta also said, prices of petroleum products and essential goods keep on increasing for shortage of funds when 2.5 lakh crores of income tax money remains unpaid and NPA (Non-performing Assets) amount of Indian banks is 2.33 lakh crore.

Saying that the two days strike of February 20 and 21, 2013, is first such attempt in the history of India, Dasgupta said, the trade unions are forced to take such a decision as the Prime Minister and the present government have been insolent and aggressive while ignoring the entire trade union movement. “We have no other option but to further stimulate the struggle,” said Dasgupta.

Dasgupta and other senior leaders like D Raja criticised the government for its failure in dealing with the issue of price rise and inflation. Referring to the recent hike in rail tariff, the CPI senior leaders said that this hike would lead to further inflation and would further inflame the price rise. “They are not only failing to control inflation, they are taking one of the steps to further escalate inflation,” said Dasgupta adding that “According to Consumer Price Index, increase in retail price is 10.6%.”

Most of the leaders attending the national Executive meet were of the opinion that the anti-people policies of the present government have created public discontentment and created an atmosphere for political change. Talking about the current political situation, the policies pursued by the present UPA government and possibilities in coming elections, CPI National council Secretary D Raja said, “There is a situation where we can have neither congress led coalition nor BJP led coalition. There is a definite space for non-congress non-BJP political parties including the regional parties. But what we understand, the intervention of the left is need of the hour.”

While National Executive body took discussed major Issues like FDI in multi-brand retail trade, opening of our finance sector including banks, insurance and pension fund for MNCs and Corporate, social insecurity of women etc.

 
 

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