CPI(M) to hold protests in Himachal over price rise

Shimla: Communist Party of India (Marxists) is to hold a five day state wide protest over price rise from August 27, which would be preceded by a campaign to expose the hollow claims of both state and central governments, the CPI(M) state committee which met here decided.

The two day meeting of state committee CPI(M) was attended by Prakash Karat,  party general secretary and Vijay Raghwan, party incharge for Himachal, stated Tikender Panwar, member secretariat.

Increase in the prices of essential commodities particularly food items has become unbearable for the people. Prices of pulses have shot up sharply with some varieties priced at Rs 80 to 100 per kg that the common people cannot afford them anymore, said Panwar.

Price rise has also been fuelled by the UPA government decision to increase prices of petrol and diesel. Prospects of drought in many districts due to deficient monsoon wiould further put pressure on the prices of food items.

CPIM has decided to hold an anti-price rise agitation and demand that the government take immediate and effective steps to curb price rise of essential commodities.

Major demand of the communist party were for subsidised provisioning of pulses and edible oil through the public distribution network, revamping the PDS system and prohibiting futures trading in all food related items, the CPI(M) spokesman stated.

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