The naxalites' demands

Print edition : August 13, 2004

Here is a set of demands of the People's War (P.W.), listed under 10 categories.

I. A democratic atmosphere should be created in the State. The government should respect people's right to fight for their democratic demands.

The government should not prevent agitations, peaceful demonstrations and meetings.

Lift the ban on the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) P.W. and other organisations.

Scrap the system of rewards on workers of P.W., People's Guerilla Army and other mass organisations.

Scrap Grey Hounds, Special Security Forces, and the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) and withdraw the Central paramilitary forces.

Release all political prisoners.

Scrap the system of giving acceleratory promotions and unofficial incentives to police officers who kill naxalites in fake encounters.

Scrap the informant network in villages. The government should end the practice of winning over P.W. workers and using them as covert agents.

Control `lumpen' gangs such as Green Tigers, Kranti Sena, Palnadu Tigers, Tirumala Tigers and Nayeem Gang.

Order a judicial probe into all fake encounters and punish the police officers responsible.

Lift all cases registered against workers of mass organisations and other revolutionary parties. II. Implement reforms in the agricultural sector.

Implement land reforms. Handover to the occupants the endowment, government, and forest land and lands belonging to landlords already occupied by people.

Implement the Land Ceiling Act.

Complete all pending irrigation projects. Farmers should be given irrigation facilities and supplied adequate power.

Waive all private loans taken by the farming community to stop suicides by farmers.

Prepare a permanent and integrated plan for tackling the drought situation.

Scrap corporate agriculture. III. Implement policies of industrialisation and other schemes based on local resources in place of the liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation policies being followed now.

Withdraw all World Bank projects and schemes supported by imperialists.

Stop the retrenchment of workers and the privatisation of public sector enterprises (PSEs).

Protect small- and medium-scale industries from competition by multinational companies (MNCs) and revive cooperative and other PSEs.

Withdraw user charges on drinking water, education and health services.

Scrap all agreements with the World Bank, MNCs and other countries. IV. Recognise the tribal people's rights on forest.

Announce autonomy for the tribal people.

Implement the "1/70 Act", which provides protection against the alienation of land held by tribal people in scheduled areas to non-tribal people. Stop settling of non-tribal people in areas inhabited by tribal people.

Initiate steps to develop and support tribal languages. V. Form a separate Telangana State. VI. Formulate an integrated plan for the development of backward regions of North Coastal and Rayalasseema areas. VII. Punish those who belittle the self-respect of Dalits. Take action against police officers and upper-caste members responsible for attacks on Dalits in Karamchedu, Tsundur, Neerukonda and Vempenta.

Provide job reservation for Dalits in the private sector. VIII. Equal property rights for women.

Reservation for women in the private sector.

Stringent punishment for those who commit atrocities on women. IX. Implement total prohibition. X. Order a probe into the illegal amassing of wealth by officials, politicians and capitalists; corruption scandals by officials and politicians.

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