CPI(ML-L) to expose real face of UPA's budget : Dipankar

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Kolkata, Feb 29 (UNI) The CPI(ML)-Liberation today expressed dissatisfaction over the general budget as it failed to protect the interest of the farmers.

Talking to newspersons here, party's general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharjee said, '' the belated election-eve announcement on the debt waiver is a clear confession of the fact that the last four budgets of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance(UPA) government had failed to address the issue of the crushing agrarian debt burden and debt-driven suicides.'' He said the so-called one time settlement offered to farmers to reduce the debt burden by twentyfive per cent only on repayment of the rest is meaningless and the government should straighaway remit at least half the debt of indebted farmers and extend interest-free institutional credit to finance agriculture.

The budget has not met the two most pressing demands of the rural unemployed-- assured employment for at least 200-days and guaranteed daily minimum wages of Rs.100 also it has failed to address the issue of urban employment and social security for the working people, Mr Bhattacharjee added.

He said in protest against the budget, '' We would organise a month-long countrywide campaign in March to expose the real face of the UPA government's betrayal and mobilise the people especially the rural poor, the crisis-ridden peasantry, the unemployed youth and the unorganised workers for securing their key demands " he said.

He said the party would organise demonstration, torch rally and agitational programmes throughout the state on March 8 and 14 demanding the punishment of those culprits who were involved in Nandigram mass killing incidents in March 14 last year.

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