CPI(M) Election Manifesto 2019: Here Are The Key Highlights
Promises include minimum wage of Rs 18,000, implementing women's reservation and restoring minority rights.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI (M)] has released its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto on Thursday, March 28. The Left party has made an appeal to the voters to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, increase the strength of the CPI (M) and Left in the Lok Sabha and ensure that an alternative secular government is formed at the Centre.
Here are the key highlights from the manifesto:
- Ensuring that statutory minimum wage for workers is not less than Rs. 18,000; minimum wage to be linked to the Consumer Price Index; wage fixation to be based on 15th ILC recommendations.
- 200 days of work under MNREGA to be assured; the list of permissible works under the MNREGA to be expanded to include all activities that improve the quality of life in rural areas.
- Fill up all vacant posts in government departments; lift the ban on recruitment and 3 per cent annual surrender of government posts; ensure the filling of all backlog posts.
- Ensure stable and remunerative crop prices covering all costs and crops; increase MSP to cover full costs including family labour, land rent etc., and give a return of at least 50 per cent above costs (C2+50).
- 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 moneylenders.
- Increasing minimum wages for agricultural workers to Rs 600 per day; ensuring equal wages for women agricultural workers.
- Enacting the 33 per cent Women’s Reservation Bill to reserve one-third seats in Parliament and State Assemblies for women immediately.
- Enact a law for equal rights in marital and inherited property for all women; strengthen laws relating to maintenance for women and children; ensure protection and adequate maintenance and rehabilitation for all deserted women including those who are victims of instantaneous talaq.
- 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.
- Implementing paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, maternity benefit and crèche facilities for women workers…
- Distribution of 5 acres of arable land for cultivation for a landless family from SC and ST communities.
- Enactment of a central legislation to provide reservations in the private sector for SCs and STs.
- Amendments to remove loopholes in the legislation for prevention of manual scavenging and timebound rehabilitation scheme with adequate allocations; strict measures to stop the inhuman practice of manual scavenging; compensation, as per Supreme Court judgment, to the families of those who die while cleaning sewers.
- Legal recognition and protection to same-sex couples similar to marriage – ‘civil union’ /’same-sex-partnerships’, legislation/s on similar lines as Special Marriage Act, 1954 so that the partner can be listed as a dependent, for inheritance, alimony in case of divorce etc.
- A comprehensive anti-discriminatory bill covering LGBT.
- The scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Bill that makes religion as a criteria for granting citizenship.
- 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.
Jammu & Kashmir:
- Strong steps to be taken to prevent excesses by security forces against innocent people; ban use of pellet guns and other lethal weapons on protesters.
- Ensure economic development of the state, focusing particularly on generating employment for the youth and reconstructing the damaged infrastructure.
Enabling senior citizens to live with dignity by immediately establishing a publicly-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 6,000/- per month, whichever is higher…
Public Distribution System:
Universal public distribution system with a provision of 35 kilograms of foodgrains per family, or, 7 kg per individual at a maximum price of Rs 2 per kg.
Taxing the Rich:
Raise taxes on rich and corporate profits; restore wealth tax for the super-rich and introduce inheritance tax; restore long term capital gains tax.
Taking steps to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases through effective regulation, energy efficiency in all sectors of production and consumption; promotion of renewable energy such as solar and wind; reducing energy inequality and promoting energy access for economically weaker sections.
Mass surveillance and privacy:
Stop bulk surveillance by state agencies under Section 69. There should be clear provisions and judicial supervision of any surveillance that violates citizens privacy.
Culture and Media:
- Prohibiting cross-media ownership to prevent monopolies; reversing the entry of FDI in the print and electronic media.
- Steps to control the spread of fake news and act on those groups and individuals promoting fake news.
Instituting effective mechanisms for providing protection to RTI users and anti-corruption crusaders and passing an effective Whistleblowers Protection Act.
On Judicial Reforms:
Reforming the judicial system to provide speedy relief at an affordable cost to the common people; filling up vacancies in the judiciary.