CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday announced countrywide protests on June 16 demanding immediate cash transfers and free foodgrains to the poor.
Accusing the Narendra Modi government of using the Covid-19 pandemic for an excuse to exchange the federal, democratic and secular structure of the nation with a unitary kind of theocratic government, Yechury said the Centre has virtually left the individuals of the nation to fend for their own reasons in combatting the pandemic.
The Left leader addressed reporters via Facebook Live to brief them in regards to the decisions taken through the politburo from the party, which held its meeting on June 1 by way of a video link. This became the very first meeting in the CPI(M) politburo right after the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24.
Yechury said their state governments that are inside the forefront in the battle against Covid-19 were denied even their legitimate dues such as the GST payout.
He alleged how the pandemic is being useful for centralisation of authority, which, therefore, is destroying a simple feature of your Constitution — federalism.
“A unitary state is being created by the Modi government that will facilitate the disruption of the secular democratic republic of India and transition in the RSS political project of any theocratic state,” Yechury said.
The CPI(M) politburo statement said the Gross Tax Revenues (GTR) have fallen by over Rs 70,000 crore along with the Corporate Tax Revenue (CTR) by over Rs 1,06,000 crore.
“This shortfall in governmental revenues will decrease the share from the states who are already starved of finances,” it added.
Yechury said the lockdown was imposed arbitrarily and lifted unscientifically.
The all-India protest to be observed on June 16 is usually to raise key demands, including a quick cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month for a time period of six months time to all of families away from income-tax paying bracket, free distribution of 10 kg of foodgrains per individual each month for six months, increase of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) through the current 100 days to 200 days with enhanced wages.
“Extend the employment guarantee scheme to pay the urban poor. Immediately announce an unemployment allowance for unemployed persons,” Yechury said.