UPA "callous and unwilling" to fulfil its promises

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Kolkata, Oct 1 (UNI) Lashing out at the UPA Government for non-implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), the CPI(M) today said the Congress-led ruling coalition was ''callous and unwilling'' to fulfil its promises.

''The record of the UPA Government for the past few months shows that it is unwilling and callous in fulfilling the pro-people commitments made in the CMP, '' party General Secretary Prakash Karat said after the CPI(M) Central Committee meeting.

Mr Karat alleged that the CMP record of the Government was loaded against most of the pro-people measures and commitments made in the CMP.

On the other hand, the Government continues to promise opening up the FDI to retail trade as announced by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the US, and taking further measures to allow foreign capital in the financial sector as it promised the Indo-US joint CEO forum, Mr Karat said.

While strongly criticising the Government for continuing price rise of food items and essentials, the party also condemned its ''callousness'' towards the widespread agrarian distress.

'' The growing number of farmer suicides is a matter of deep and grave concern and should be a priority for the Government, '' he said.

The Central Committee also took to the task the Government for its ''tardy'' implementation of the Sachar Committee recommendation and demanded that a sub-plan for minority communities be declared with specific allocation on the lines of tribal sub-plan.

Demanding immediate steps for implementation of the recommendation, the party also sought inclusion of Muslim and Christian dalits in the Scheduled Caste lists.

Expressing its concern over the slow-down of the Iran-Pakistan- India gas pipeline, Mr Karat said there were widespread apprehensions that the Indo-US nuclear deal would spell the end of the gas pipline project to India.

''The UPA Government should explain as to why there is a delay in the negotiation,'' he said.

UNI

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