This is the first time when the Left party has mentioned digital rights of citizens in its manifesto. The CPI M said it would recognise digital infrastructure as public infrastructure and stop mass surveillance by state agencies under section 69 of the IT Act. He said the party would curb monopoly of some telecom majors. The party proposed statutory minimum wage of not less than Rs 18, per month, universal Public Distribution System with 35 kg of food grains per family, rise in taxes of the rich, restoration of inheritance tax and old age pension of Rs 6, per month. It proposed establishing a public-funded, universal and non-contributory old age pension system with a minimum amount of monthly pension not less than 50 per cent of minimum wage or Rs 6, per month, whichever is higher, as an individual entitlement except for income tax payees or those receiving higher pension from any other source.

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Alternative Trajectory of Growth The CPI M will work for economic policies that Integrate growth with employment generation towards creating full employment and money in the hands of the people to boost demand Enlarge the resource base by taxing the rich, corporate profits, crackdown on tax evaders, black money, money laundering, higher taxes on luxury goods, thereby generating resources for growth Increase public investments in agricultural production and research.

Re-imposing controls on the outflow and inflow of finance capital Halt any further dilution of Government equity in public sector banks and strengthen the public sector in banking and insurance with strict adherence to priority sector lending norms.

All regulatory authorities of the financial sector should be accountable to Parliament and legislative oversight. No FDI in railways. Placing emphasis on rural infrastructure; Increased outlays on rural roads, electrification etc.

For a thorough restructuring of Centre-State relations the CPI M stands for: Amending Articles and to prevent their misuse Governors to be appointed by the President from a list of three eminent persons suggested by the Chief Minister of a State Review the Terms of Reference of 14th Finance Commission and seek approval of the same from the Inter-State Council. Making Coal India Ltd a unitary company and only agency for mining coal and supplying to industries and the customers.

Providing inputs at controlled rates to workers in this sector; improving design, technology and skills, and extending adequate facilities and extension services for the marketing, etc. Expand public investment in power supply in rural areas and stop privatization of electricity; Ensure uninterrupted supply of power to agriculture; Expand irrigation facilities.

Provide basic amenities and improvements in rural infrastructure. Scrap the Nutrient Based Subsidy regime in fertilisers; repeal the Seed Bill and introduce farmer-friendly seed legislation Repeal the model APMC Act which advocates contract farming; bring farmer-friendly reforms in agricultural markets Shun unequal Foreign Trade Agreements and all trade related negotiations based on the principle of national economic sovereignty, and subject it to Parliamentary scrutiny Reverse changes in the intellectual property regime that favour big business; Ensure strict regulation of private agricultural research with regard to protection of biodiversity Land Issues The CPI M shall: Reverse the current thrust to dilute land-ceiling laws; Speedy and comprehensive steps for implementing land reforms Prevent the encroachment and takeover of common lands like pastures, community forests, scrublands, etc.

For Food Security and a Hunger Free India To work towards a hunger free India the CPI M will Enact a Right To Food law with the following features: Elimination of the present targeted system and establishment of a reformed and strengthened universal public distribution system excluding only income tax payees Provision of a minimum of 35 kgs of foodgrains for a family or 7kgs of foodgrains per individual, whichever amount is higher, at a maximum price of two rupees per kg of foodgrains Support initiatives of State Governments in this sphere Along with foodgrains, the PDS will supply essential commodities such as pulses, edible oil, sugar, kerosene at controlled prices.

Entitlements for food and nutrition for pregnant women and lactating mothers will be included in the law. Special measures like free kitchens for vulnerable sections of the population such as migrant workers, destitutes, widows, disabled persons Strengthen the rationing system in remote and hilly areas to ensure that adivasis and other vulnerable sections in those areas have easy access to food security Expand and strengthen the FCI with emphasis on building more modern godowns throughout the country particularly in the neglected eastern and north eastern regions, to prevent the monumental wastage of foodgrains due to poor storage.

Set up procurement centres in all States in cooperation with State Governments to prevent distress sales. These include: Reversing the deregulated regime of pricing of petroleum products and establishing an administered price control mechanism Reducing the central excise and customs duties on petroleum products Controlling prices of natural gas and reversing gas price increase in the KG gas basin Banning futures trade in agricultural commodities as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee Acting strictly against hoarding and black-marketeering of essential commodities and strengthening provisions of the Essential Commodities Act for this Strengthening disclosure norms for private stocks of foodgrains held in godowns and warehouses Strengthening PDS and using buffer stocks judiciously as a countervailing measure against rising market prices Controlling export of foodgrains when prices are high and rising Ensuring control of the prices of essential medicines Foreign Policy CPI M will work for: An independent and non-aligned foreign policy, promoting multi-polarity.

Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a full member. Strengthening multilateral forums like the UN to deal with all disputes between countries; democratizing the Security Council and the UN structure Opposing interventions and regime changes imposed by the United States and NATO as it happened in Libya and now taking place in Syria and Ukraine.

Continued dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues; promote people to people relations between India and Pakistan.

Special efforts to build relations and ties with Bangladesh. Approve the land boundary agreement and settle the Teesta waters agreement.

Engage with the Sri Lankan government to devolve powers to the Northern and eastern region so that the Tamil speaking people can have autonomy within a united Sri Lanka. Work for an independent credible inquiry into the atrocities committed in the last phase of the war.

Extend full support to the cause of a Palestinian state; sever military and security ties with Israel. Security Matters The CPI M stands for Revising the Indo-US nuclear agreement; no import of foreign nuclear reactors; pursue self-reliance in civilian nuclear energy based on domestic uranium and thorium reserves Pursuing universal nuclear disarmament through the UN; Providing parliamentary sanction for moratorium on testing; Striving for a de-nuclearised environment in South Asia; Seeking removal of nuclear weapons from the US military base in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean Pursuing policies for de-militarisation of cyber space Protecting Indian Internet and telecommunications networks from cyber attacks and surveillance by building indigenous capability Not renewing the Defence Framework Agreement with the US.

Stopping further steps to enter into military collaboration agreements with the United States. Promoting the policy of no foreign military bases in South Asia Creating a national security apparatus, which will work within the framework of the parliamentary democratic system There should be coordination between the central government and the state governments in tackling the Maoist violence.

At the same time, specific measures have to be taken to tackle the socio-economic problems faced by the people, particularly the tribal people in the Maoist affected areas. The Maoist problem cannot be treated as just a security issue. In Defence of Secularism The CPI M stands for the separation of religion and politics and for the passage and implementation of all legislative measures necessary to make this effective and necessary legislative measures to firm up this separation.

Communal violence should be dealt with firmly. Secular values should be promoted by the State in all spheres. Ensure economic development of the State, focusing particularly on generating employment for the youth and reconstructing the damaged infrastructure North-East The CPI M is committed to The North East be declared a priority region for development; Developing physical infrastructure and special employment schemes for the youth; Border fencing to be completed expeditiously Protecting and expanding the administrative and financial powers under the Sixth Schedule; protection of the identity of the various ethnic groups and nationalities Enactment of anti-racist law and other measures to ensure greater security for people from the Nort-East in other parts of the country.

Assuring timely and sufficient procurement of all crops in all regions by expanding procurement facilities. Ensure comprehensive debt relief and loan waiver to the distressed farmers covering both institutional and private debt owed to money-lenders. Extend labour subsidy to the small and marginal farmers under MNREGS Promote and strengthen co-operatives for water use, input purchase, crop storage, output marketing and dairy Agricultural Workers The CPI M stands for Increasing minimum wages for agricultural workers to Rs per day; Ensuring equal wages for women agricultural workers Revamping the regulatory and implementing mechanism for effective and strict enforcement of the minimum wages act.

Enacting a separate and comprehensive legislation for agricultural workers to ensure minimum wages, the right to bargain collectively and measures of social security such as pensions, accident compensation etc. Banning the use of poisonous insecticides injurious to health like endosulfan and ensuring free medical treatment for agricultural labour suffering from their ill-effects.

Women The CPI M stands for Passage and adoption in the Lok Sabha of the One Third reservation Bill for Women in Parliament and State Assemblies, which had been adopted in the Rajya Sabha as a priority Putting in place a series of measures to prevent, curb and punish those responsible for the horrific increase in violence against women and children. These include: Accepting the Verma Committee recommendations which have been left out of the present amended law; changes in educational curricula to include subjects related to gender equality; steps to make public spaces safer for women; ensuring safe access to all public places for women with disability; increasing punishment for caste based crimes against scheduled caste and scheduled tribe women; penalties on any personnel including police personnel who sabotage or delay cases; setting up of fast track courts; support to victims of sexual violence and acid attacks through a fully funded rehabilitation scheme especially for children who are victims of sexual violence; adequate budgetary allocations for implementation of the laws against domestic violence and against sexual harassment.

Strict implementation of the PCPNDT Act against sex determination tests and female feoticide and the activisation of defunct monitoring committees. Promoting and fighting for social reform against prevalent anti-women, anti-girl child practices including those which occur in the name of religion or tradition and against the cultures of violence against women both in public and domestic spheres. A code of conduct for all elected representatives in different spheres to adhere to standards of decency in public comments and discourse about women and against sexist and misogynist language which demeans and insults women.

Increasing allocations for women in all gender budgeting to at least forty per cent of allocations from the present claims of 30 per cent. It will reverse all measures towards privatization of the ICDS; more allocations per child to ensure nutritious meals for children in anganwadis and in schools Expansion of The Right to Education Act to include all children from the age of years.

Special provisions for the inclusion of children with disability, Amendments in the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act to remove the distinction between hazardous and non-hazardous work in order to ban all forms of child labour and to ensure implementation of schemes with additional allocations for the rehabilitation of all working children Special measures to close the continuing gap between adivasi, dalit children and socially vulnerable groups and communities and others through specific measures including additional allocations for setting up residential schools and hostels with modern facilities for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste children; stringent action against discrimination at any level Complete coverage of basic services, such as supplementary nutrition, immunization, pre school non-formal education, regular health check ups and quick referral services.

Take effective steps to trace missing children ensuring public reporting of the status of search Strict implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act Delegation of finances and powers to the National and State Commissions for the Protection of Children Provision of shelter and social services to street children. Ensuring a total re-haul and reform of the juvenile justice system and institutions to sensitize them towards helping them reintegrate into society as responsible citizens.

Provision of jobs or unemployment allowance Lift the ban on recruitment in central government and state government services. All vacant posts to be filled in central and state governments within a time bound framework. Establishment of a standing committee to monitor the implementation of the Plan with direct benefits for the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Enactment of a central legislation to provide reservations to the private sector for SCs and STs.

Scheduled Castes The CPI M is firmly committed to the abolition of the caste system and all forms of caste oppression. In all spheres of basic human rights such as the universal right to health, education, employment, decent living conditions and security, it will promote special measures specifically for the advancement of the rights of scheduled castes including additional allocations The CPI M is committed to Filling all backlogs in reserved seats and posts and in promotions through a special recruitment timebound drive; creation of vocational training facilities for scheduled caste youth; ensure credit facilities for all self employed and scheduled caste enterprises and assist in developing market linkages Strong and strict punishment against practices of untouchability, atrocities and discrimination against scheduled castes.

Including all tribals in the Food Security Act entitled to subsidized foodgrain; Expanding drinking water and sanitation facilities, health centres, schools and hostels in the tribal areas Immediately release of all innocent adivasis languishing in jail under false cases and their rehabilitation Minorities The CPI M stands for Making the Minorities Commission a statutory body with enhanced powers and jurisdiction and enhancing the status of its Chairmen and members.

Formulating a sub-plan for the Muslim minorities on the lines of the tribal sub-plan in order to implement Sachar Committee recommendations; Special initiatives in the sphere of employment, education and health to be undertaken targeting districts where the Muslim population is concentrated Implementing the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission report.

Setting up of fast track courts to try all such cases. Reviewing and amending the National Disability Policy Simplifying the process of certification. Providing a universally valid Identity Card for the disabled that would be valid across states and departments.

Clearing backlog in vacancies in all government departments in a time bound manner. Making all buildings, public places, transport, information and other avenues fully accessible and barrier free for people with disabilities; provision of sign language interpreters; making TV accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing through same language captioning Enhancing the pension to at least Rs.

Extending the assistance under the MPLADS fund to other assistive devices and facilities for the disabled and not restricting it only to the purchase of tricycles, wheelchairs and artificial limbs for the disabled. The employment guarantee to be extended to cover all adults and for as many days as demanded. Immediately and effectively reversing the trend of privatisation of health care services and outsourcing of services through PPPs.

Regulating the private health care sector, especially the corporate owned hospital sector through urgent and stringent measures. Ensuring uninterrupted supply of all medicines, free of cost, in all public health facilities; Hazardous formulations of medicines to be weeded out from the market Controlling price of essential drugs by adopting a cost-based pricing formula; Minimum Cost-MRP margin and removal of all taxes on medicines in National List of Essential Medicines NLEM; reduce huge excise duty on medicines by reversing from MRP-based to Cost-based collection..

Reviving the public sector pharmaceutical units to harness them for production of essential drugs and vaccines. Strictly controlling and regulating clinical trials and prohibiting unethical clinical trials by foreign pharmaceutical companies.

Public funding of such colleges as a priority in underserved areas such as in the north east and in poorer States. Training institutes to be set up for health workers.


CPI(M) 2014 Manifesto: Against FDI; Media Regulator, Open Source, Internet Out of US Hands

Alternative Trajectory of Growth The CPI M will work for economic policies that Integrate growth with employment generation towards creating full employment and money in the hands of the people to boost demand Enlarge the resource base by taxing the rich, corporate profits, crackdown on tax evaders, black money, money laundering, higher taxes on luxury goods, thereby generating resources for growth Increase public investments in agricultural production and research. Re-imposing controls on the outflow and inflow of finance capital Halt any further dilution of Government equity in public sector banks and strengthen the public sector in banking and insurance with strict adherence to priority sector lending norms. All regulatory authorities of the financial sector should be accountable to Parliament and legislative oversight. No FDI in railways. Placing emphasis on rural infrastructure; Increased outlays on rural roads, electrification etc.


CPI(M) Election Manifesto 17th Lok Sabha

These elections are the most crucial in the history of independent India. What is at stake is the very future of the secular democratic republic, as enshrined in our Constitution. The future is at stake, because, the BJP-led NDA government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, promotes the unprecedented sharpening of communal polarisation severely disrupting the harmony of our rich, diverse social fabric. It has mounted a brazen and continuing assault on all Constitutional authorities and institutions during these last five years. The BJP continuing to head the central government will further undermine the fundamental pillars of our Constitution. Attacks on Democracy These five years have seen a vicious authoritarian onslaught on all Constitutional institutions and authorities as well as the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people.

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