Talking points

Published : Jul 06, 2002 00:00 IST

THE Andhra Pradesh government took the initiative and circulated a list of issues that it wanted to discuss with the People's War Group leaders who are expected to attend the talks.

The following are the points that have been listed in a note titled "Objectives and related issues" (for discussion), given to the PWG representatives who attended the preliminary round of the talks.

1. To uphold the rule of law. The State is responsible for enforcing law wherever its violation occurs. Law enforcement agencies have to function within the framework of law. When they violate the law, there should be an impartial inquiry and punishment to those found guilty.

2. Protection of the lives and properties of all sections of people. People's right to voice their views and 'assemble peaceably without arms' should be fully protected. There should be no killings and destruction of properties.

3. Ensure social and economic justice. This inter alia consists of the elimination of social discrimination in all its forms, implementation of land reforms, land distribution and the future of Regulation of 1 of 70 in tribal areas, employment, particularly in rural areas, and government policies and programmes to end social discrimination in the villages and a review of existing laws relevant to the issues. The Directive Principles of State Policy are intended to achieve social and economic justice. The law, the practices and measures to that end are to be examined and enforced.

4. Restore peace and ensure development. Peaceful conditions should prevail in the State. Elected representatives, political leaders, workers and officials from the administration should be able to visit the villages and meet the people without any hindrance from any quarters. Development process must proceed unhindered.

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