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Manifesto
Com m unist Party of India (M arxist)

Election Manifesto

1 7t h L o k S a b h a 2 0 1 9

Part I

The five years rule of the BJP government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been an unmitigated disaster for the country and the people.

T h e s e e l e c t i o n s a r e t h e m o s t c r u c i a l i n t h e h i s t o r y o f i n d e p e n d e n t I n d i a . W h a t i s a t s t a ke i s t h e v e r y f u t u r e o f t h e s e c u l a r d e m o c r a t i c r e p u b l i c , a s e n s h r i n
T h e f u t u r e i s a t s t a ke , b e c a u s e , t h e B J P - l e d N D A g o v e r n m e n t , u n d e r P r i m e M i n i s t e r N a r e n d r a M o d i , p r o m o t e s t h e u n p r e c e d e n t e d s h a r p e n i n g o f c o m m u n a l
disrupting the harmony of our rich, diverse social fabric. It has mounted a brazen and continuing assault on all Constitutional authorities and institutions
years. The BJP continuing to head the central government will further undermine the fundamental pillars of our Constitution.

Hence, the primary task before India’s electorate is to ensure the defeat of this government and give a mandate for the establishment of an alternative
that can defend our Constitutional republic and, then, proceed to further consolidate it. This can, however, succeed only if the current policy direction
p e o p l e ’ s f a v o u r. T h i s , i n t u r n , r e q u i r e s a s t r o n g e r p r e s e n c e o f t h e C P I ( M ) a n d t h e L e f t i n t h e 1 7 t h L o k S a b h a o f I n d i a .

Attacks on Democracy

These five years have seen a vicious authoritarian onslaught on all Constitutional institutions and authorities as well as the Constitutionally guaranteed ri

Some instances:

P a r l i a m e n t ’fsu n c t i o n i n g h a s b e e n s e v e r e l y c u r t a i l e d . T h e g o v e r n m e n t ’ s a c c o u n t a b i l i t y t o p a r l i a m e n t a n d t h e p a r l i a m e n t a r i a n s ’ a c c o u n t a b i l i t y t o t h e p e o p l
w h i c h t h e p e o p l e e x e r c i s e t h e i r s o v e r e i g n t y , a s c o n t a i n e d i n t h e o p e n i n g s e n t e n c e o f We o u rt hCeo nPe
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t ih is being undermined.

The independent functioning of the upper house, Rajya Sabha, has been undermined by the Modi Government taking indiscriminate recourse to the
b y p a s s i n g t h e R a j y a S a b h a . Pa r l i a m e n t a r y c o m m i t t e e s t h a t a c t u a l l y d o t h e w o r k o f l e g i s l a t i v e s u p e r v i s i o n h a v e b e e n t h o r o u g h l y u n d e r m i n e d .

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h iec i a r yi s d e n y i n g j u s t i c e t o t h e p e o p l e a n d l e a d i n g t o d i s c o n t e n t w i t h i n t h e j u d g e s r e s p o n s i b l e f o r d e l i v e r i n g j u s t i c e t o t h e p e o p l e
the Constitution.

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y ethodically using it to further the political objectives of the Prime Minister and the government.

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eking to usurp the RBI’s reserve fund for governmental expenditure.

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o ft st h e w o r k i n g c l a s s , p e a s a n t r y a n d a l l s e c t i o n s o f t h e w o r k i n g p e o p l e t o o r g a n i s e p r o t e s t s d e m a n d i n g r e d r e s s a l .

Intrusion into the fundamental right to privacy of every Indian.

Largescale attacks on the Constitutional right of freedom of expression. Attacks on media and those critical of the government on the social media
indiscriminate branding of those critical of the RSS/BJP as being anti-national. The criminalization of democratic dissent; harassment and intimidation
l a w y e r s s t a n d i n g u p i n s u p p o r t o f t h o s e t a r g e t e d b y t h e g o v e r n m e n t l i ke D a l i t s e t c .

V i o l e n t p h y s i c a l a t t a c k s a g a i n s t c r i t i c s o f t h e R S S / B J P l e a d i n g u p t o t h e m u r d e r o f r a t i o n a l i s t s a n d i n t e l l e c t u a l s l i ke D r. N a r e n d r a D a b h o l k a r , C o m . G o v
K a l b u r g i a n d G a u r i L a n ke s h .

Attacks on Secularism

A g g r e s s i v e lsyh a r p e n i n g c o m m u n a l p o l a r i s o
avt ieorn c o n t e n t i o u s i s s u e s l i ke t e m p l e c o n s t r u c t i o n , r e n a m i n g o f p u b l i c s p a c e s b y r e m o v i n g M u s l i m n a m e s , g e n
atmosphere of hatred and violence targeting the minorities.

Pa t r o n i s i npgr i v a t e a r m i ei ns t h e g u i s e o f c o w p r o t e c t i o n o r m o r a l p o l i c i n g . M u r d e r o u s l y a t t a c k i n g D a l i t s a n d M u s l i m s . P r i v a t e a r m i e s ’ u n r e s t r i c t e d a c t i v i t i e s l e
of mob lynching.

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Aggressive Communalisation of the Indian Education System

RSS functionaries are brazenly being appointed to high positions in all universities, institutions of higher education, research bodies, cultural academ
communalise the Indian education system.

T h e y a r e s e e k i n g t o c h a n gceo tnht e n t o f c u r r i c u lautma l l l e v e l s , p a r t i c u l a r l y s y l l a b u s o f s c h o o l t e x t b o o k s t o a d v a n c e t h e H i n d u t v a a g e n d a .

Disastrous Economic Policies

D u r i n g t h e s e fi v e y e a r s , e v e r y a r e a o f e c o n o m i c a c t i v i t y h a s b e e ndoi rpeecnt efdo ruepi gfno ri n v e s t mper o


nmt oting the maximisation of profits by them.

L a r g e s c a lper i v a t i s a t i oonf p u b l i c a s s e t s a n d h a n d i n g o v e r p r i m e a s s e t s t o c h o s e n f o r e i g n a n d I n d i a n c o r p o r a t e s .

Unfettered promotion c roofn y c a p i t a l i sams reflected in the Rafale scam the granting of rights to privatise domestic airports and India’s first power sector SEZ
g r o u p o n t h e e v e o f e l e c t i o n s e t c . Re m o v i n g a l l p r e v i o u s c u r b s o n f u n d i n g o f p o l i t i c a l p a r t i e s , i n t r o d u c t i o n o f e l e c t o r a l b o n d s a s t h e r o u t e t o r e a p t h e s p o i

Fa c i l i t a t i n g a n d p r o m o t i n g t h e l o o t o f p u b l i c m o n e y a s r e fl e c t e d i n t h e R s . 1 1 l a k h c r o r e p l u s a m o u n t o f N PA s .

D e s t r u c t i o n o f l i v e l i h o o d o f c r o r e s o f p e o p l e s u r v i v i n g o n c a s h t r a n sdaecm
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V i r t u a l d e s t r u c t i o n o f t h e m i c r o , s m a l l a n d m e d i u m e n t e r p r i s e s ( M S M E ) , t h e l a r g e s t e m p l o y m e n t p r o v i d e r a f t e r a g r i c u l t u r e , t h r o uG
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l o a n N PA s r o s e t o 5 3 p e r c e n t i n t h e fi r s t n i n e m o n t h s o f 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 f r o m 2 0 1 7 - 1 8 .

Unprecedented Attacks on People’s Livelihood

D e n i a l a n d d r a s t i c r e d u c t ipoeno p
i nl e ’ s e n t i t l e m eunnt sd e r t h e p u b l i c d i s t r i b u t i o n s y s t e m t o s u b s i d i s e d f o o d , M N R E G A e t c .

Deepening Agrarian Distress leading to the ruination of the Indian farmer and the growth in distress suicides

Pe o p l e ’ s l i f e i n r u r a l I n d i a h a s n e v e r b e e n w o r s e . T h e r e a l e a r n i n g s o f t h e r u r a l p e o p l e h a v e d e c l i n e d i n a n u n p r e c e d e n t e d f a s h i o n .

Fa r m i n c o m e g r o w t h c r a s h e d t o t h e l o w e s t i n 1 4 y e a r s d u r i n g t h e l a s t q u a r t e r o f O c t o b e r- D e c e m b e r , 2 0 1 8 a t 2 . 6 7 p e r c e n t . ( C e n t r a l S t a t i s t i c s O ffi c e ) . R
that are not returned in the farm sector increased to Rs. 1 lakh crore in September 2018 from Rs.70,000 crores in September 2017. This is the level of ag
to rising distress suicides of farmers.

Unemployment

O u r y o u t ha r e f r u s t r a t e d d u e t o t h e s h a r p f a l l i n e m p l o y m e n t o p p o r t u n i t i e s d u r i n g t h e l a s t f e w y e a r s . M o d i h a d p r o m i s e d c r e a t i o n o f 2 c r o r e n e w j o b s a n n u a
n o w. Re a l i t y i s t h a t t h e u n e m p l o y m e n t r a t e r o s e t o t h e h i g h e s t l e v e l s i n 4 5 y e a r s a t 6 . 1 p e r c e n t ( N S S O ) . U n e m p l o y m e n t r a t e i n Fe b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 i n c r e a s e d
5.9 per cent in 2018 (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy). Situation in rural India is worse. NSSO reports a 3.2 crore job loss of casual labourers from
affecting over 1.5 crore families dependant on incomes from casual labour and agriculture.

G r o w i n g A t t a c k s o n S C s a n d S Ts

T h e r e h a s b e e n a s t e a d y i n c r e a s e i n c r i m e s a g a i n s t S c h e d u l e d C a s t e s a n d S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s , e s p e c i a l l y i n G u j a r a t a n d t h e e r s t w h i l e B J P r u l e d s t a t e s o f
Rajasthan.

L a r g e s e c t i o n s o f t h e a d i v a s i s h a v e b e e n d e p r i v e d o f t h e i r l a n d p a t t a s d u e t o t h e m u n d e r t h e Fo r e s t R i g h t s A c t .

A n i l l u s t r a t i o n o f s u c h i n c r e a s i n g a t t a c k s i s i n t h e s t a t e o f G u j a r a t w i t h i t s m u c h a d v e r t i s e d ‘ G u j a r a t M o d e l ’ , w h e r e c r i m e s a g a i n s t S C s a n d S Ts i n c r e a s e d
per cent respectively during the last five years (Gujarat Assembly records).

I n c r e a s i n g V i o l e n c e A g a i n s t Wo m e n

Wo m e n h a v e b e e n s u b j e c t e d t o i n c r e a s e d v i o l e n c e . T h e y e a r 2 0 1 6 r e p o r t e d a b i g i n c r e a s e i n c r i m e s a g a i n s t w o m e n – f o u r r a p e s o n a n a v e r a g e e v e r y h
G o v e r n m e n t h a s s t o p p e d p u b l i s h i n g s t a t i s t i c s b y t h e N a t i o n a l C r i m e Re c o r d s B u r e a u i n t h i s r e g a r d .

T h e o v e r adl le h u m a n i z a t i oonf o u r s o c i e t y r e fl e c t e d i n g r o w i n g a t r o c i t i e s a g a i n s t w o m e n , p a r t i c u l a r l y t h e g i r l c h i l d , w i t h g r u e s o m e i n c i d e n t s o f g a n g r a p e a n d m
girls.

Enriching the Rich and Impoverishing the Poor

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During these five years the share of the total wealth accruing to the top one per cent of our population increased from 49 per cent in 2014 to 73 per cent

S h a r p d e c l i n e i n t h e w o r k i n g c o n d i t i o n s f o r t h e w o r k i n g c l a s s a n d e m p l o y e e s i s a c c o m p a n i e d b y u n b e a r a b l e h i ke i n t h e p r i c e o f p e t r o l e u m p r o d u c t s w
refusing to reduce its taxes and duties.

Indian Economy Undermined

The lowest growth rate of GDP during these five years ─ from 8.2 per cent in 2013-14 to 7 per cent, in the first three quarters of 2018-19 even according
series introduced by this government. According to the earlier data series this stands at mere 4.7 per cent.

In the last quarter GDP growth rate fell further to 6.6 per cent indicating that the economy is sliding into a recession. So much for Modi’s claims of In
growing economy” in the world!

GST collections, despite all the tall claims, have shown a steady decline from 7.8 per cent in 2017-18 to 5.8 per cent in 2018-19. This reflects a mass
e c o n o m y.

Demonetisation and GST were a double whammy attack undermining the country’s economic fundamentals. Pre-demonetization Global GDP was 2.6 per
demonetization to 3.1 per cent. In contrast, post demonetization India’s GDP growth fell from 7.8 per cent to 6.8 per cent.

Destruction of people’s livelihood has led to a drastic fall in levels of domestic demand crippling manufacturing and industrial growth. As a consequence,
automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki has announced a production cut of 27 per cent citing the fall in demand. The eight core infrastructure industries
o f 2 . 9 p e r c e n t b e t w e e n Fe b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 a n d J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 . T h e i n d e x o f I n d u s t r i a l P r o d u c t i o n ( I I P ) r e g i s t e r e d a n a b y s m a l l o w o f - 0 . 3 p e r c e n t i n N o v e m b e r
average growth of 5.7 per cent in the preceding seven months.

Depreciation of the rupee to its historically lowest levels ─ the value of the rupee to a US dollar was 63.19 in 2014. This shot up to 71.76 in 2019.

D r a s t i c f a l l i n I n d i a ’ s e x p o r t e a r n i n g s ─ b e t w e e n Fe b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 a n d J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 I n d i a ’ s t r a d e b a l a n c e d e c l i n e d b y a w h o p p i n g 2 9 . 8 p e r c e n t .

Growing current account deficit i.e. gap between India’s import and export values has been registered in these five years. The Current Account Deficit in
cent of the GDP in 2017-18 to 2.9 per cent in 2018-19. In dollar terms this translates to a deficit growth from 6.1 billion US dollars to 19.1 billion.

Agricultural growth is at a record low during these years. Agricultural growth rate fell from 5.1 percent to 2.7 per cent and further to 1.7 per cent betwe
Fe b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 ( C S O ) . T h e f o u r t h s u c c e s s i v e n e g a t i v e g r o w t h r a t e r e g i s t e r e d i n t h e l a s t f o u r q u a r t e r s .

A t t a c k s o n Fe d e r a l S t r u c t u r e

Sharp deterioration of Centre-State relations

GST implementation has negated the rights of the states to raise revenues.

The abolition of the Planning Commission has denied a forum for the states to pursue their economic plans and objectives.

T h e M o d i g o v e r n m e n t i s c o n s t a n t l y t h r e a t e n i n g n o n -B J P s t a t e g o v e r n m e n t s w i t h d i s m i s s a l u n d e r A r t i c l e 3 5 6 .

These five years have seen an unequal and unfair distribution of tax revenues between the Centre and the states.

National Security

T h e M o d i g o v e r n m e n t ’ s J a m m u & K a s h m i r p o l i c y h a s b e e n a d i s a s t e r f u r t h e r a l i e n a t i n g t h e p e o p l e o f t h e v a l l e y.

The incidents of terror have exponentially grown. Between 2009-14 and 2014-19, the number of terrorist attacks increased from 109 to 626; the number
killed increased from 139 to 483; the number of civilians killed increased from 12 to 210 and the number of ceasefire violations increased from 563 to 559

There is an alarming rise in numbers of local youth joining militant groups. Local militants killed rose from 16 in 2014 to 191 in 2018.

T h i s g o v e r n m e n t b e t r a y e d t h e p r o m i s e s m a d e t o t h e p e o p l e o f K a s h m i r o f i n i t i a t i n g a p o l i t i c a l d i a l o g u e w i t h a l l s t a ke h o l d e r s a n d i m p l e m e n t i n g c o n fi d e n c e

S u r g i c a l s t r i ke s f o l l o w i n g t h e U r i t e r r o r i s t a t t a c k h a v e f a i l e d t o e n d c r o s s b o r d e r t e r r o r i s t a t t a c k s l e a d i n g u p t o P u l w a m a .

Po s t I n d i a n a i r f o r c e s t r i k i n g t e r r o r i s t t a r g e t i n s i d e Pa k i s t a n a t B a l a ko t , t e r r o r i s t a t t a c k s h a v e c o n t i n u e d w i t h m o r e s e c u r i t y p e r s o n n e l k i l l e d .

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BJP-RSS are engaging in a despicable politicising of this issue when the entire country and all opposition parties stood as one to fight terrorism.

Fo r e i g n P o l i c y

H i g h l i g h t s o f A b a n d o n m e n t o f I n d i a ’ s I n d e p e n d e n t Fo r e i g n P o l i c y :

Fo r e i g n p o l i c y o r i e n t a t i o n c h a n g e d t o d o v e t a i l t o U S g l o b a l s t r a t e g i c i n t e r e s t s , r e d u c i n g I n d i a a s a j u n i o r p a r t n e r o f U S i m p e r i a l i s m .

Deterioration of friendly relations with all our neighbours.

Deepening defence ties with USA and Israel.

Virtual abandonment of India’s leadership role in the non-aligned movement.

A b a n d o n i n g I n d i a ’ s t r a d i t i o n a l s o l i d a r i t y w i t h t h e p e o p l e o f d i ff e r e n t c o u n t r i e s w h o s e s o v e r e i g n t y i s b e i n g a t t a c ke d b y U S i m p e r i a l i s m , i n c l u d i n g m i l i t a
l a t e s t i n s t a n c e b e i n g Ve n e z u e l a .

Opening up of India’s defence installations to US A and collaborating as a major defence partner of US A.

Brazen Betrayal of all 2014 prom ises

During these five years the BJP, particularly Narendra Modi has betrayed every single promise that was made to the Indian people — generation of two c
i.e. ten crores by now; an MSP of 1.5 times the total cost of production for the farmers; return of black money and depositing Rs. 15 lakhs in the accoun
on.

Given this grim record, these general elections must seek accountability of this Modi government over the balance sheet of promises made and their betra

However, most important is the fact that these elections are the most crucial in independent India that will determine the future of our secular democratic

I n o r d e r t o s a f e g u a r d t h e C o n s t i t u t i o n a l Re p u b l i c , t o f u r t h e r c o n s o l i d a t e i t a n d t o c h a n g e t h e p o l i c y d i r e c t i o n t o w a r d s a r a d i c a l p e o p l e ’ s o r i e n t e d o n e , i t
BJP and its allies be defeated.

CPI(M)’s appeal to the Indian Electorate to:

a. D e f e a t t h e B J P a l l i a n c e

b. To i n c r e a s e t h e s t r e n g t h o f t h e C P I ( M ) a n d t h e L e f t i n t h e L o k S a b h a ; a n d

c. To e n s u r e t h a t a n a l t e r n a t i v e s e c u l a r g o v e r n m e n t i s f o r m e d a t t h e C e n t r e .

Part II

Alternative Policies

It is clear that what the country and the people need is an alternate trajectory of economic growth and overall development. This can only be achieved o
shift towards pro -people policies rejecting the current package of policies being pursued by the BJP government and its agenda of sharpening communal p

I n d i a h a s n o d e a r t h o f r e s o u r c e s . I f t h e c u r r e n t l o o t o f o u r r e s o u r c e s t h r o u g h c r o n y c a p i t a l i s m a n d c o r r u p t i o n s c a m s l i ke t h e R a f a l e a i r c r a f t d e a l a r e p
resources are available for providing every citizen in our country with education, quality health care, employment and a decent livelihood. This, howev
shift in the policy direction that needs to be ensured.

Highlights

The highlights of such an alternative policy platform which the CPI(M) is pledged to implement are:

Protect the secular principle and democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Enforce the farmers’ right to sell their produce at a Minimum Support Price, which is at least 50 per cent higher than the total cost of production.

S t a t u t o r y m i n i m u m w a g e f o r w o r ke r s o f n o t l e s s t h a n R s . 1 8 , 0 0 0 p e r m o n t h ; w a g e s l i n ke d t o C o n s u m e r P r i c e I n d e x .

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Universal public distribution system with provision of 35 kilograms of foodgrains per family, or, 7 kg per individual at a maximum price of Rs. 2 per kg

R i g h t t o f r e e h e a l t h c a r e ; e n d p r i v a t e i n s u r a n c e l e d h e a l t h c a r e ; p u b l i c e x p e n d i t u r e o n h e a l t h t o b e r a i s e d t o 5 p e r c e n t o f G D P.

I m p l e m e n t o n e - t h i r d r e s e r v a t i o n f o r w o m e n i n Pa r l i a m e n t a n d s t a t e a s s e m b l i e s ; t a ke c o m p r e h e n s i v e s t e p s t o e n d v i o l e n c e a g a i n s t w o m e n a n d c h i l d r e n

Major expansion of public educational system – schools and higher education – with quality upgradation; public expenditure on education to be 6 p
c o m m u n a l i z a t i o n o f e d u c a t i o n s y s t e m a n d e n s u r e i t s d e m o c r a t i c c h a r a c t e r.

Right to work as a Constitutional right; provision of unemployment allowance for jobless.

Old age pension with minimum monthly pension which is not less than half the minimum wage, or, Rs. 6,000 per month, whichever is higher, for all ci

Halt privatisation of public sector enterprises and rollback privatisation in defence, energy and railways and basic services.

Re s e r v a t i o n i n j o b s & e d u c a t i o n i n p r i v a t e s e c t o r f o r S C s & S Ts .

Raise taxes on rich and corporate profits; restore w ealth tax for superrich and introduce inheritance tax; restore long term capital gains tax.

Re f o r m t h e e l e c t o r a l s y s t e m b y i n t r o d u c t i o n o f p r o p o r t i o n a l r e p r e s e n t a t i o n w i t h p a r t i a l l i s t s y s t e m ; s c r a p e l e c t o r a l b o n d s ; S t a t e f u n d i n g i n k i n d f o r e l

In Defence of Secularism

T h e C P I ( M ) s t a n d s f o r t h e s e p a r a t i o n o f r e l i g i o n a n d p o l i t i c s a n d f o r t h e p a s s a g e a n d i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f a l l l e g i s l a t i v e m e a s u r e s n e c e s s a r y t o m a ke t h i s
v i o l e n c e s h o u l d b e d e a l t w i t h fi r m l y. S e c u l a r v a l u e s s h o u l d b e p r o m o t e d b y t h e S t a t e i n a l l s p h e r e s . T h e C P I ( M ) w i l l w o r k t o w a r d s :

Re m o v a l o f R S S p e r s o n n e l a p p o i n t e d i n ke y p o s i t i o n s b y t h e B J P g o v e r n m e n t .

Enacting a comprehensive law against communal violence; ensuring speedy justice and adequate compensation and State support to the victims of
without infringing on the federal framework.

I m m e d i a t e b a n n i n g o f a l l i l l e g a l p r i v a t e a r m i e s a n d v i g i l a n t e g r o u p s l i ke t h e v a r i o u s ‘ s e n a s ’ t h a t a r e a t t a c k i n g d a l i t s a n d m i n o r i t i e s i n t h e n a m e o
spreading communal hatred. Enactment of appropriate legal measures for reining in and taking action against organisations and institutions inv
communal hate and attacking minorities; enact a law against lynching.

Ensuring exem plary punishm ent for perpetrators of com m unal violence regardless of their public or offi cial position.

Protecting the rights of minorities to lead a life of equality and dignity without any fear or discrimination.

Purging all school textbooks of content reflecting communal bias and prejudices.

In Defence of Constitution & Democratic Rights

A m e n d t h e C o n s t i t u t i o n t o m a ke p a r l i a m e n t a r y a p p r o v a l m a n d a t o r y f o r a n y i n t e r n a t i o n a l t r e a t y.

Re p e a l t h e c o l o n i a l e r a S e d i t i o n L a w , S e c . 1 2 4 A o f I P C .

Re p e a l t h e A r m e d Fo r c e s S p e c i a l Po w e r s A c t a n d r e p l a c e i t w i t h a s u i t a b l e l a w w h i c h p r o v i d e s a l e g a l f r a m e w o r k f o r t h e o p e r a t i o n o f t h e a r m e d f o r c e s
draconian provisions.

Re p e a l / a m e n d t h e N a t i o n a l S e c u r i t y A c t .

Re p e a l S e c t i o n 4 9 9 o f I P C r e l a t i n g t o d e f a m a t i o n .

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t r t u r ea n d O t h e r C r u e l , I n h u m a n o r D e g r a d i n g Tr e a t m e n t o r P u n i s h m e n t .

A m e n d t h e I n d i a n Pe n a l C o d e a n d o t h e r s t a t u t e s t o r e m o v e t h e d e a t h p e n a l t y f r o m t h e s t a t u t e s .

E n a c t t h e C i t i z e n s C h a r t e r a n d G r i e v a n c e Re d r e s s a l A c t t o p r o v i d e a l e g a l f r a m e w o r k f o r e n s u r i n g t i m e b o u n d d e l i v e r y o f s e r .v i c e s a n d g r i e v a n c e r e d r e

Enact legislation to ensure mandatory social auditing and accountability to evaluate the impact and performance of public programmes must be exte
governance and empower every citizen to hold government accountable to its mandate.

Scrapping of the use of Aadhaar and biometrics for all social welfare measures.

A LT E R N AT I V E E C O N O M I C P O L I C I E S

A l t e r n a t i v e Tr a j e c t o r y o f G r o w t h

The CPI(M) will work for economic policies that

Re s t o r e t h e P l a n n i n g C o m m i s s i o n .

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 and luxury goods.

Increase public investments in agricultural production, research and irrigation.

Allocate adequate resources for public investment for providing physical and social infrastructure – electricity, public transport, ports, schools,
hospitals.

Fa v o u r t h e p r o d u c t i o n o f g o o d s f o r m a s s c o n s u m p t i o n a n d n o t u n s u s t a i n a b l e l u x u r y g o o d s .

Public provisioning and subsidies for inputs such as seeds, fertilisers, electricity/diesel.

Provide incentives for research and development and special initiatives to increase competitiveness of small and medium enterprises that pro
employment.

S c r a p p i n g t h e Fi s c a l Re s p o n s i b i l i t y a n d B u d g e t M a n a g e m e n t A c t a n d s e t t i n g a m i n i m u m fl o o r f o r s o c i a l s e c t o r s p e n d i n g a s a b i n d i n g c o n s t r a i n t i n fi s
Centre and state governments.

Halt any further dilution of Government equity in public sector banks and strengthen the public sector in banking and insurance with strict adheren
lending norms.

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A l l r e g u l a t o r y a u t h o r i t i e s o f t h e fi n a n c i a l s e c t o r s h o u l d m a n d a t o r i l y b e a c c o u n t a b l e t o Pa r l i a m e n t a n d l e g i s l a t i v e o v e r s i g h t .

Involve state governments in major economic decisions of national significance, restore decision making powers of states and allow greater fiscal fl
raising by states.

Resource Mobilization

The CPI(M) will:

Ta x s p e c u l a t i v e c a p i t a l g a i n s b y r e s t o r i n g L o n g -Te r m C a p i t a l G a i n s Ta x a n d i n c r e a s i n g S e c u r i t i e s Tr a n s a c t i o n Ta x .

Ensure all the loan defaulters who have fled India to avoid legal action are brought to book and the looted monies recovered with interest.

Re s t o r e w e a l t h t a x f o r t h e s u p e r r i c h a n d i n t r o d u c e i n h e r i t a n c e t a x .

Corporate profit tax should be increased by increasing statutory rates so that effective tax rates are not low, causing huge loss of revenue.

Ta x a t i o n o f c a p i t a l g a i n s f r o m t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l t r a n s f e r o f s h a r e s i n f o r e i g n c o m p a n y w i t h u n d e r l y i n g a s s e t s i n I n d i a .

GST to be overhauled respecting the federal structure of our country and the rights of the states by sharing the resources with them.

Financial Sector Regulation

In order to maintain predominant State control over finance and revival of development finance, the CPI(M) stands for:

Re v e r s i n g m o v e s t o w a r d s Fu l l C a p i t a l A c c o u n t C o n v e r t i b i l i t y ; r e - i m p o s i n g c o n t r o l s o n t h e o u t fl o w a n d i n fl o w o f fi n a n c e c a p i t a l .

P r o h i b i t i n g Pa r t i c i p a t o r y N o t e s u s e d b y t h e Fo r e i g n I n s t i t u t i o n a l I n v e s t o r s ( F I I s ) ; d i s c o u r a g e s p e c u l a t i v e fi n a n c e .

Safeguarding the autonomy of the RBI and for the modernisation of the financial regulatory system. RBI’s regulatory role over banks to be strengthe
w i t h c l e a r g u i d e l i n e s f o r b a n k s t o s t o p c h a r g i n g c u s t o m e r s f o r e a c h a n d e v e r y b a n k i n g s e r v i c e a n d t a ke a c t i o n a g a i n s t c u l p r i t s w h o h a v e c a u s e d l o s s

I m m e d i a t e l y h a l t i n g t h e p r o c e s s o f i s s u i n g f r e s h l i c e n s e s f o r b a n k s i n t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r a n d r e v i e w o f t h e B a n k i n g Re g u l a t i o n ( A m e n d m e n t ) A c t 2 0 1 2 .

E n s u r e t h a t b a n k s r e t a i n t h e i r i n d e p e n d e n t i d e n t i t y a n d r e v i e w a l l t h e s t e p s t a ke n f o r t h e m e r g e r o f p u b l i c s e c t o r b a n k s a n d p u t t i n g a s t o p t o t
branches.

P r e v e n t i n g t a ke o v e r o f I n d i a n b a n k s b y f o r e i g n b a n k s .

Strict measures to ensure that big business houses are prevented from transferring the risks of their projects to banks and strict action against defa
t h e b a n k i n g r e g u l a t i o n s f o r t h e c o l l e c t i o n o f N o n Pe r f o r m i n g A s s e t s . P u b l i c a t i o n o f d e f a u l t e r l i s t s , t r a n s p a r e n t r e c o v e r y m e a s u r e s , a s s e t s r e c o v e r y
attaching of properties and sale, along with a moratorium on willful defaulters, companies and their offshoots, from accessing any fresh loan or restru
and criminal procedure against willful defaulters.

Prohibit use of tax havens and illegal flows of capital; plug loopholes in double taxation avoidance agreements.

Strengthen small savings with proper regulation; strengthen legislation on chit funds to ensure protection of deposits of common people; confisca
ponzi scheme owners and arrange payments to the affected depositors.

Withdrawing the proposal to open finance sector for the entry of FDI.

Ensure the FDI cap in the insurance sector of 26 per cent.

Infrastructure

The CPI(M) stands for:

Re v e r s a l o f p r i v a t i s a t i o n o f d e f e n c e p r o d u c t i o n s e c t o r ; i m m e d i a t e l y t a k i n g m e a s u r e s t o r e s c i n d p r i v a t e p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n d e f e n c e p r o d u c t i o n ; s t o p
defence sector; strengthening and expanding State owned defence industry to achieve self reliance in defence.

Increasing public investment in infrastructure; adequate Plan outlays for power, communications, railways, roads, ports and airports.

N o F D I i n r a i l w a y s ; r e v o ke t h e d e c i s i o n t o p r i v a t i s e R a i l w a y s , D e f e n c e , Po r t a n d D o c k , B a n k s , I n s u r a n c e , C o a l , w a t e r r e s o u r c e s e t c .

Re v i e w i n g e n e r g y a n d t e l e c o m p o l i c i e s i n t u n e w i t h t h e i n t e r e s t s o f s e l f- r e l i a n t n a t i o n a l d e v e l o p m e n t ; u s i n g t h e d o m e s t i c m a r ke t t o d e v e l o p p
e q u i p m e n t m a n u f a c t u r i n g i n t h e c o u n t r y.

Re v e r s i n g t h e t r e n d t o w a r d s p r i v a t e p o w e r p r o d u c e r s ; p r i v a t i s i n g d i s t r i b u t i o n c o m p a n i e s ; s t o p t h e f r a n c h i s i n g o f t o w n s t o p r i v a t e p l a y e r s .

Changing telecom policies to promote telecom penetration and connectivity in rural areas; strengthening the public sector telecom companies BS
allocating necessary spectrum for them to upgrade their services.

Increasing broadband penetration and universal affordable access to internet.

Re v i e w i n g o f p r i v a t i s a t i o n o f i n f r a s t r u c t u r e t h r o u g h t h e P P P r o u t e .

Re s c i n d t h e o r d e r s f o r t h e p r i v a t e m a i n t e n a n c e a n d u p g r a d a t i o n o f a i r p o r t s . N o f u r t h e r P P P s i n d o m e s t i c a i r p o r t s a l r e a d y m o d e r n i s e d b y A i r p o r t A u t h o

Placing emphasis on rural infrastructure; increased outlays on rural roads, electrification etc.

Tr a d e I s s u e s

The CPI(M) stands for:

Protecting Indian interests and standing up to the US moves to increase tariffs on Indian goods and waging ‘trade wars’.

Re s t o r i n g m e a s u r e s t o p r o t e c t s m a l l a n d m a r g i n a l p e a s a n t s , i n c l u d i n g q u a n t i t a t i v e r e s t r i c t i o n s .

Ke e p i n g s e c t o r s l i ke h e a l t h , e d u c a t i o n , w a t e r r e s o u r c e s , b a n k i n g a n d fi n a n c i a l s e r v i c e s o u t o f G AT S ; p r e s s f o r r e v i e w o f t h e T R I P S a g r e e m e n t .

Re v i e w i n g e x i s t i n g Fr e e Tr a d e A g r e e m e n t s ( F TA s ) ; d o n o t p r o c e e d w i t h n e g o t i a t i o n s f o r F TA w i t h E u r o p e a n U n i o n o n e x i s t i n g t e r m s .

S t r e n g t h e n i n g Fe d e r a l i s m

Fo r a t h o r o u g h r e s t r u c t u r i n g o f C e n t r e - S t a t e r e l a t i o n s , t h e C P I ( M ) s t a n d s f o r :

Re p l a c i n g A r t i c l e 3 5 6 w i t h a s u i t a b l e p r o v i s i o n a n d a m e n d i n g A r t i c l e 3 5 5 t o p r e v e n t t h e i r m i s u s e .

Re v i e w t h e c u r r e n t r o l e a n d p o s i t i o n o f G o v e r n o r s . G o v e r n o r s t o b e a p p o i n t e d b y t h e P r e s i d e n t f r o m a p a n e l o f t h r e e e m i n e n t p e r s o n s s u g g e s t e d b y t h

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Devolving 50 per cent of the total pool of collection of Central taxes to the States; sharing of surcharges and cesses w ith the states.

M a ke n o n - t a x r e v e n u e s o f C e n t r a l g o v e r n m e n t a p a r t o f t h e d i v i s i b l e p o o l a n d i n t r o d u c t i o n o f a C o n s t i t u t i o n a l a m e n d m e n t f o r t h i s .

C o n d i t i o n a l i t i e s i m p o s e d u p o n t h e S t a t e s l i ke t h e p a s s a g e o f F R B M A c t t o b e w i t h d r a w n ; s t a t e s t o h a v e a s a y i n t h e c o m p o s i t i o n a n d t e r m s o f r e f e r
Commissions.

Tr a n s f e r r i n g C e n t r a l l y S p o n s o r e d S c h e m e s u n d e r a S t a t e s u b j e c t w i t h f u n d s t o t h e s t a t e s .

C o n s t i t u t i o n a l a m e n d m e n t t o m a ke t h e d e c i s i o n s o f t h e I n t e r- S t a t e C o u n c i l b i n d i n g o n t h e U n i o n G o v e r n m e n t ; N a t i o n a l D e v e l o p m e n t C o u n c i l t o b e g r
status; restoring the Planning Com m ission, w hich is to act as an executive w ing of the NDC.

S e t t i n g a t a r g e t f o r m i n i m u m l e v e l o f L o c a l S e l f- G o v e r n m e n t e x p e n d i t u r e t o G D P ; f u n d s d e v o l v e d t o t h e l o c a l b o d i e s t o b e r o u t e d t h r o u g h t h e s t a t e G o

Industry

The CPI(M) stands for:

Strengthening and expansion of the public sector in the core and strategic areas by injecting fresh capital and technology; promoting autonomy a
p u b l i c s e c t o r.

Manufacturing sector growth to be given priority through a long term industrial policy that strategises investment and creates incentives for employm

Complete halt to disinvestment and privatisation of profit-making and potentially viable PSUs; give revival package to the important PSUs in the publi

Re v i v a l a n d o p e n i n g o f s i c k j u t e m i l l s a n d t e a p l a n t a t i o n s .

Encouraging small and medium enterprises in labour intensive sectors with adequate incentives, infrastructure support and sufficient credit from
financial allocation to Cluster Development Projects (CDPs).

P r o t e c t i o n o f d o m e s t i c i n d u s t r y f r o m i n d i s c r i m i n a t e l o w e r i n g o f i m p o r t d u t i e s a n d t a ke o v e r o f e x i s t i n g I n d i a n c o m p a n i e s b y f o r e i g n c o m p a n i e s ; e n c o
s e c t o r t o i n v e s t i n m a n u f a c t u r i n g a n d s e r v i c e s s e c t o r s ; p r o v i d i n g i n c e n t i v e s t o t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r l i n ke d t o j o b c r e a t i o n a n d R & D e ff o r t s .

P r o h i b i t i n g F D I i n r e t a i l t r a d e ; r e g u l a t i n g e - c o m m e r c e , d o m e s t i c c o r p o r a t e r e t a i l e r s t h r o u g h a l i c e n s i n g p o l i c y.

A m e n d i n g S E Z A c t a n d Ru l e s t o d o a w a y w i t h m y r i a d t a x c o n c e s s i o n s a n d r e g u l a t e l a n d - u s e ; e n s u r i n g s t r i c t i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f l a b o u r l a w s i n a l l S E Z s .

Halting further liberalization and privatization of the mineral sector; return of all unexplored coal blocks allotted to private sector for captive use to C

M a k i n g C o a l I n d i a L t d . a u n i t a r y c o m p a n y a n d o n l y a g e n c y f o r m i n i n g c o a l a n d s u p p l y i n g t o i n d u s t r i e s a n d t h e c u s t o m e r s ; i m m e d i a t e l y r e v o ke
commercial mining of coal mines.

Protecting traditional industries such as textiles, carpets, handicrafts, leather, handloom, coir, etc.

P r o v i d i n g i n p u t s a t c o n t r o l l e d r a t e s t o w o r ke r s i n t h e s e s e c t o r s ; i m p r o v i n g d e s i g n , t e c h n o l o g y a n d s k i l l s , a n d e x t e n d i n g a d e q u a t e f a c i l i t i e s a n d e x
m a r ke t i n g e t c .

Revival of Agriculture

I n o r d e r t o r e v e r s e t h e a g r a r i a n c r i s i s , m a ke a g r i c u l t u r e r e m u n e r a t i v e a n d e n s u r e e n h a n c e d i n c o m e s o f t h e p e a s a n t r y , t h e C P I ( M ) p r o p o s e s s t e p s t o :

Legislate the farmers’ right to sell their produce at an MSP which will be at least, one and a half times of the total cost of inputs.

Effect a substantial increase in public expenditure on the rural sector to enhance purchasing power of the rural poor and increase productivity in agri

Increase public investment and expand public institutions for agricultural research and extension services.

Re - i m p o s e t r a d e r e s t r i c t i o n s t o p r e v e n t b o t h d u m p i n g a n d e x c e s s i v e e x p o r t s t h a t j e o p a r d i z e n a t i o n a l f o o d s e c u r i t y.

Re v i v e c o m m o d i t y b o a r d s t o s e t fl o o r p r i c e s f o r c o m m e r c i a l c r o p s .

Provide cheap institutional credit to the agricultural sector at a minimal rate of interest.

Expand public investment in power supply to rural areas and stop privatization of electricity; ensure uninterrupted supply of power to agricultur
facilities.

Provide basic amenities and improvements in rural infrastructure.

S c r a p t h e N u t r i e n t B a s e d S u b s i d y r e g i m e i n f e r t i l i s e r s ; r e p e a l t h e S e e d A c t a n d i n t r o d u c e f a r m e r- f r i e n d l y s e e d l e g i s l a t i o n .

Re p e a l t h e m o d e l A P M C A c t w h i c h a d v o c a t e s c o n t r a c t f a r m i n g ; b r i n g f a r m e r- f r i e n d l y r e f o r m s i n a g r i c u l t u r a l m a r ke t s .

S h u n u n e q u a l Fo r e i g n Tr a d e A g r e e m e n t s a n d a l l t r a d e r e l a t e d n e g o t i a t i o n s b a s e d o n t h e p r i n c i p l e o f n a t i o n a l e c o n o m i c s o v e r e i g n t y , a n d s u b j e c t
s c r u t i n y.

Re v e r s e c h a n g e s i n t h e i n t e l l e c t u a l p r o p e r t y r e g i m e t h a t f a v o u r b i g b u s i n e s s ; e n s u r e s t r i c t r e g u l a t i o n o f p r i v a t e a g r i c u l t u r a l r e s e a r c h w i t h r e g a
b i o d i v e r s i t y.

P r o m o t e a n d s t r e n g t h e n c o - o p e r a t i v e s f o r a g r i c u l t u r a l p r o d u c t i o n , w a t e r u s e , i n p u t p u r c h a s e , c r o p s t o r a g e , o u t p u t m a r ke t i n g a n d d a i r y.

Land Issues

The CPI(M) shall:

A m e n d t h e R i g h t t o Fa i r C o m p e n s a t i o n a n d Tr a n s p a r e n c y i n L a n d A c q u i s i t i o n , Re h a b i l i t a t i o n a n d Re s e t t l e m e n t A c t 2 0 1 3 t o e n s u r e i t s u n i v e r s a l a p p
requiring land acquisition, rigorous definition of public purpose, full and prior informed consent from all affected persons, binding social impa
compensation and R&R in such manner as to ensure a far better quality of life and share in enhanced land value.

Enact suitable policies to adequately compensate all dispossessed and displaced farmers.

Re v e r s e t h e c u r r e n t t h r u s t t o d i l u t e l a n d - c e i l i n g l a w s ; s p e e d y a n d c o m p r e h e n s i v e s t e p s f o r i m p l e m e n t i n g l a n d r e f o r m s .

P r e v e n t t h e e n c r o a c h m e n t a n d t a ke o v e r o f c o m m o n l a n d s l i ke p a s t u r e s , c o m m u n i t y f o r e s t s , s c r u b l a n d s , e t c .

P r o t e c t a l l g o v e r n m e n t a n d p u b l i c s e c t o r l a n d h e l d i n p u b l i c t r u s t f r o m t r a n s f e r b y l e a s e , s a l e , d i v e r s i o n o r a n y o t h e r m a n n e r t o t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r.

Ta ke o v e r a n d d i s t r i b u t i o n o f a l l s u r p l u s l a n d a b o v e c e i l i n g a n d h a n d i n g o v e r o f c u l t i v a b l e w a s t e l a n d t o l a n d l e s s a n d p o o r p e a s a n t h o u s e h o l d s f r e e o f
S C s a n d S Ts ; j o i n t p a t t a s t o b e d i s t r i b u t e d i n c l u d i n g e q u a l r i g h t o f w o m e n t o t h e l a n d .

Provide house sites and homestead land to all sections of the rural and urban landless.

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Re c o r d t e n a n c y a n d p r o t e c t t h e r i g h t s o f t e n a n t s i n a l l s t a t e s w h e r e t h i s h a s n o t b e e n d o n e .

Prohibit land grab for real estate speculation.

Fo r Fo o d S e c u r i t y

To w o r k t o w a r d s a h u n g e r f r e e I n d i a , t h e C P I ( M ) w i l l :

Seek elimination of the present targeted system and establishment of a reformed and strengthened universal public distribution excluding income-tax
w i t h A a d h a a r.

Provision of a minimum of 35 kgs of foodgrains for a family or 7 kgs of foodgrains per individual, whichever amount is higher, at a maximum pric
foodgrains.

Support initiatives of state Governments in this sphere.

A l o n g w i t h f o o d g r a i n s , t h e P D S w i l l s u p p l y e s s e n t i a l c o m m o d i t i e s s u c h a s p u l s e s , e d i b l e o i l , s u g a r , ke r o s e n e a t c o n t r o l l e d p r i c e s .

T h e f o o d s u p p l i e s t h r o u g h I C D S a n d M i d - D a y M e a l S c h e m e s w i l l g e t h i g h e r a l l o c a t i o n s t o e n s u r e h o t c o o ke d n u t r i t i o u s m e a l s a n d b e b r o u g h t u n d e r t h
as a legal right.

I m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f Fo o d S e c u r i t y A c t a l l o w a n c e o f R s . 6 0 0 0 f o r p r e g n a n t w o m e n w i t h o u t c o n d i t i o n a l i t i e s .

S p e c i a l m e a s u r e s l i ke f r e e k i t c h e n s f o r v u l n e r a b l e s e c t i o n s o f t h e p o p u l a t i o n s u c h a s m i g r a n t w o r ke r s , d e s t i t u t e s , w i d o w s , d i s a b l e d p e r s o n s .

Strengthen the rationing system in remote and hilly areas to ensure that adivasis and other vulnerable sections in those areas have easy access to fo

Tw e l v e L P G c y l i n d e r s p e r y e a r t o b e p r o v i d e d a t s u b s i d i z e d r a t e w i t h n o A a d h a a r l i n k a g e .

No cash transfers in lieu of foodgrains.

Curbing Price Rise

The CPI(M) proposes a series of measures to control rising prices of essential commodities. These include:

Re v e r s i n g t h e d e r e g u l a t e d r e g i m e o f p r i c i n g o f p e t r o l e u m p r o d u c t s a n d e s t a b l i s h i n g a n a d m i n i s t e r e d p r i c e c o n t r o l m e c h a n i s m .

Re d u c i n g t h e c e n t r a l e x c i s e a n d c u s t o m s d u t i e s o n p e t r o l e u m p r o d u c t s .

Controlling prices of natural gas and price of subsidized gas cylinders.

B a n n i n g f u t u r e s t r a d e i n a g r i c u l t u r a l c o m m o d i t i e s a s r e c o m m e n d e d b y t h e Pa r l i a m e n t a r y S t a n d i n g C o m m i t t e e .

A c t i n g s t r i c t l y a g a i n s t h o a r d i n g a n d b l a c k - m a r ke t e e r i n g o f e s s e n t i a l c o m m o d i t i e s a n d s t r e n g t h e n i n g p r o v i s i o n s o f t h e E s s e n t i a l C o m m o d i t i e s A c t .

Strengthening disclosure norms for private stocks of foodgrains held in godowns and warehouses.

S t r e n g t h e n i n g P D S a n d u s i n g b u ff e r s t o c k s j u d i c i o u s l y a s a c o u n t e r v a i l i n g m e a s u r e a g a i n s t r i s i n g m a r ke t p r i c e s .

Controlling export of foodgrains when prices are high and rising

Ensuring control of the prices of essential medicines.

Fo r e i g n P o l i c y

CPI (M) will work for:

A n i n d e p e n d e n t a n d n o n - a l i g n e d f o r e i g n p o l i c y , p r o m o t i n g m u l t i - p o l a r i t y. S t r e n g t h e n B R I C S , S C O a n d I B S A . Re a c t i v i s e S A A RC a n d s t r e n g t h e n t i e s w i t h
immediate neighbourhood.

S t r e n g t h e n i n g m u l t i l a t e r a l f o r u m s l i ke t h e U N t o d e a l w i t h a l l d i s p u t e s b e t w e e n c o u n t r i e s ; d e m o c r a t i s i n g t h e S e c u r i t y C o u n c i l a n d t h e U N s t r u c t u r e .

O p p o s i n g i n t e r v e n t i o n s a n d r e g i m e c h a n g e s i m p o s e d b y t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s a s i s h a p p e n i n g i n Ve n e z u e l a a n d i n m a n y c o u n t r i e s i n L a t i n A m e r i c a .

S t r e n g t h e n i n g r e l a t i o n s w i t h We s t A s i a a n d S o u t h E a s t A s i a a n d e s t a b l i s h i n g c l o s e t i e s w i t h t h e C o m m u n i t y o f L a t i n A m e r i c a n a n d C a r i b b e a n c o u n t r i e s

Re s u m e d i a l o g u e w i t h Pa k i s t a n t o r e s o l v e a l l o u t s t a n d i n g i s s u e s i n c l u d i n g c r o s s - b o r d e r t e r r o r i s m ; p r o m o t e p e o p l e t o p e o p l e r e l a t i o n s b e t w e e n I n d i a a n

S p e c i a l e ff o r t s t o b u i l d r e l a t i o n s a n d t i e s w i t h B a n g l a d e s h a n d s e t t l e t h e Te e s t a w a t e r a g r e e m e n t .

A d d r e s s t h e c o n c e r n s o f Ro h i n g y a s w h o c o n t i n u e t o r e m a i n a s s t a t e - l e s s .

E n g a g e w i t h t h e S r i L a n k a n g o v e r n m e n t t o d e v o l v e p o w e r s t o t h e N o r t h e r n a n d E a s t e r n r e g i o n , s o t h a t t h e Ta m i l - s p e a k i n g p e o p l e c a n h a v e a u t o n o m y
L a n k a . P u r s u e t h e e ff o r t s f o r a n i n d e p e n d e n t c r e d i b l e i n q u i r y i n t o t h e a t r o c i t i e s c o m m i t t e d i n t h e l a s t p h a s e o f t h e w a r.

Re v e r s e t h e p r o - I s r a e l i t i l t i n f o r e i g n p o l i c y.

Security Matters

The CPI(M) stands for:

Re v i s i n g t h e v a r i o u s d e f e n c e a g r e e m e n t s , l i ke t h e L E M O A , C O M C A S A , e n t e r e d b y t h e c u r r e n t g o v e r n m e n t w i t h t h e U S ; w i t h d r a w f r o m t h e D e f e n c e Fr a
with the US; stopping further steps to enter into military collaboration agreements with the United States; promoting the policy of no foreign military

Re v i s e t h e I n d o - U S n u c l e a r a g r e e m e n t ; n o i m p o r t o f f o r e i g n n u c l e a r r e a c t o r s ; p u r s u e s e l f- r e l i a n c e i n c i v i l i a n n u c l e a r e n e r g y b a s e d o n d o m e s t i c u r
reserves.

Pursuing universal nuclear disarmament through the UN; providing parliamentary sanction for moratorium on testing; striving for a de-nuclearised e
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.

P r o t e c t i n g I n d i a n I n t e r n e t a n d t e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s n e t w o r k s f r o m c y b e r a t t a c k s a n d s u r v e i l l a n c e b y b u i l d i n g i n d i g e n o u s c a p a b i l i t y.

Creating a national security apparatus, which will work within the framework of the parliamentary democratic system.

Increasing the coordination between various intelligence agencies and ensure proper action on credible intelligence outputs for the protection of peop

A c h i e v e s e l f- r e l i a n c e i n d e f e n c e b y e x p a n d i n g , d e v e l o p i n g a n d s t r e n g t h e n i n g t h e s t a t e o w n e d d e f e n c e i n d u s t r y a n d e n s u r i n g f u l l c a p a c i t y u t i l i z a t i o n .

Ensure a system of transparency and accountability in the purchase of defence equipments and armaments. Institute speedy investigation and punis

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s c a m s , l i ke R a f a l e a i r c r a f t d e a l .

Jammu & Kashmir

The CPI(M) is committed to:

A political solution to the Kashmir problem based on maximum autonomy for the state based on the full scope of Article 370 of the Constitution; auto
created with the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh being given regional autonomy; oppose all the attempts to remove or review Article 35 (A) of

Urgently initiating a political process through a dialogue/talks with all concerned parties.

S t r o n g s t e p s t o b e t a ke n t o p r e v e n t e x c e s s e s b y s e c u r i t y f o r c e s a g a i n s t i n n o c e n t p e o p l e ; b a n u s e o f p e l l e t g u n s a n d o t h e r l e t h a l w e a p o n s o n p r o t e s t e

Initiating Confidence Building Measures in Kashmir, by talking to all sections of the society and acting upon their genuine grievances.

Ensure economic development of the state, focusing particularly on generating employment for the youth and reconstructing the damaged infrastruct

C o m p l e t e w i t h d r a w a l o f A F S PA .

North-East

The CPI(M) is committed to:

T h e s c r a p p i n g o f t h e C i t i z e n s h i p A m e n d m e n t B i l l t h a t m a ke s r e l i g i o n a s a c r i t e r i a f o r g r a n t i n g c i t i z e n s h i p .

T h e i m m e d i a t e c o m p l e t i o n o f t h e N RC p r o c e s s i n A s s a m a c c o r d i n g t o t h e S u p r e m e C o u r t g u i d e l i n e s ; n o I n d i a n m u s t b e e x c l u d e d .

The North East be declared a priority region for development; developing physical infrastructure and special employment schemes for the youth; b
c o m p l e t e d e x p e d i t i o u s l y.

Protecting and expanding the administrative and financial powers under the Sixth Schedule; protection of the identity of the various ethnic groups an

I n D e f e n c e o f t h e R i g h t s o f t h e Wo r k i n g P e o p l e

Wo r k i n g C l a s s

The CPI(M) stands for:

E n s u r i n g t h a t s t a t u t o r y m i n i m u m w a g e f o r w o r ke r s i s n o t l e s s t h a n R s . 1 8 , 0 0 0 ; m i n i m u m w a g e t o b e l i n ke d t o t h e C o n s u m e r P r i c e I n d e x ; w a g e fi x a t
1 5t h I L C r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s .

Pe r i o d i c w a g e r e v i s i o n t o a l l C e n t r a l P S U w o r ke r s w i t h o u t i n s i s t i n g a n y a ff o r d a b i l i t y c o n d i t i o n ; i m m e d i a t e r e s o l u t i o n o f t h e i s s u e s o f t h e c e n t r a l g o
r e l a t e d t o t h e r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s ot hf Pa
they C
7 ommission.

S c r a p p i n g a l l a n t i - w o r ke r a n d p r o - e m p l o y e r a m e n d m e n t s t o l a b o u r l a w s . E n s u r i n g s t r i c t e s t i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f a l l l a b o u r l a w s i n c l u d i n g t h e l a w o n
w o r ke r s ; s t r e n g t h e n i n g l a b o u r d e p a r t m e n t s a n d e n f o r c e m e n t a g e n c i e s i n c l u d i n g l a b o u r / f a c t o r y i n s p e c t o r a t e s w i t h a d e q u a t e m a n p o w e r a n d f a c i l i t i e s ;
of judges and supporting staff in all industrial tribunals and labour courts.

I m p r o v i n g t h e l e g i s l a t i o n o n U n o r g a n i z e d S e c t o r Wo r ke r s a n d i m p l e m e n t i n g t h e r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s o f t h e S t a n d i n g C o m m i t t e e o n L a b o u r i n t h i s r e g
s e c u r i t y m e a s u r e s f o r m i g r a n t w o r ke r s a n d p l a n t a t i o n w o r ke r s , a m e n d i n g t h e l a w t o m o v e a w a y f r o m r i g i d i n d u s t r i a l a n d o c c u p a t i o n a l c l a s s i fi c a t i o
s i n g l e w i n d o w a c c e s s f o r a l l w o r ke r s ; c o n s t i t u t i n g n a t i o n a l f u n d f o r u n o r g a n i s e d w o r ke r s w i t h a d e q u a t e b u d g e t a r y fi n a n c i a l a l l o c a t i o n s ; u n i v e r s
u n o r g a n i s e d w o r ke r s , i r r e s p e c t i v e o f p o v e r t y l i n e s t i p u l a t i o n s , w i t h m i n i m u m s o c i a l s e c u r i t y b e n e fi t s i n c l u d i n g o l d a g e p e n s i o n , h e a l t h i n c l u d i n g m a t e
b e n e fi t s , a c c i d e n t a n d l i f e i n s u r a n c e ; c o m p r e h e n s i v e l e g i s l a t i o n c o v e r i n g s o c i a l s e c u r i t y a n d w o r k i n g c o n d i t i o n s f o r a l l w o r ke r s i n c l u d i n g a g r i c u l t u r a l

S c r a p p i n g o f t h e “ N e w Pe n s i o n S c h e m e ” a n d t h e P F R D A A c t a n d p u t t i n g i n p l a c e a b e n e fi t - d e fi n e d p e n s i o n s c h e m e w i t h a d e q u a t e f u n d i n g b y e m p l o y e
f o r a l l w o r ke r s / e m p l o y e e s e n s u r i n g a t l e a s t a p e n s i o n o f 5 0 p e r c e n t o f l a s t p a y d r a w n w i t h i n d e x a t i o n .

W i t h d r a w i n g t h e M o t o r Ve h i c l e ( A m e n d m e n t ) B i l l ; p r o v i d i n g s o c i a l s e c u r i t y t o u n o r g a n i z e d t r a n s p o r t w o r ke r s .

Ensuring recognition of trade unions through secret ballot and protection of trade union rights; making recognition of union mandatory by law in
r a t i fi c a t i o n o f I LO C o n v e n t i o n N o 8 7 a n d 9 8 r e l a t i o n t o r i g h t t o f r e e d o m o f a s s o c i a t i o n a n d c o l l e c t i v e b a r g a i n i n g a l o n g w i t h t h e I LO C o n v e n t i o n 1 8 9 o n

A d o p t i n g a n e ff e c t i v e s c h e m e f o r w o r ke r s ’ p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n m a n a g e m e n t i n b o t h p u b l i c a n d p r i v a t e s e c t o r ; s t r e n g t h e n B i p a r t i s m a n d Tr i p a r t i s m ; n o d e c
a n y i s s u e r e l a t e d t o l a b o u r w i t h o u t c o n s e n s u s t h r o u g h d i s c u s s i o n w i t h t r a d e u n i o n s , e n s u r e r e g u l a r , m e a n i n g f u l s o c i a l d i a l o g u e w i t h w o r ke r s r e p r e s e n

D i s c o u r a g i n g c o n t r a c t u a l i s a t i o n a n d c a s u a l i s a t i o n o f w o r k ; s t r i n g e n t i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f T h e C o n t r a c t L a b o u r ( Re g u l a t i o n A n d A b o l i t i o n ) A c t ; p a y i n
b e n e fi t s f o r c o n t r a c t w o r ke r s a s t h e r e g u l a r w o r ke r s f o r d o i n g t h e s a m e a n d s i m i l a r j o b ; s t o p o u t s o u r c i n g a n d c o n t r a c t o r i s a t i o n o f j o b s o f p e r m a n e n t a
i m m e d i a t e l y r e v o k i n g ‘ Fi x e d Te r m E m p l o y m e n t ’ w h i c h i s i n v i o l a t i o n o f t h e s p i r i t o f I LO Re c o m m e n d a t i o n 2 0 4 w h i c h I n d i a h a s r a t i fi e d ; p r o t e c t i n g t
w o r ke r s a n d w o r ke r s i n t h e u n o r g a n i z e d s e c t o r t o f o r m u n i o n s , h a v e f u l l - fl e d g e d m e m b e r s h i p a n d v o t i n g r i g h t s i n t r a d e u n i o n s a n d e x e r c i s e t h e i r f
u n i o n i z e a n d s t r i ke . S t r e n g t h e n i n g Wo r ke r s We l f a r e b o a r d s .

E n s u r i n g e q u a l r e m u n e r a t i o n f o r w o m e n w o r ke r s i n a l l a r e a s o f w o r k ; a d o p t i n g s o c i a l s e c u r i t y m e a s u r e s f o r w o r k i n g w o m e n i n c l u d i n g m a t e r n i t y b e
h e a l t h i n s u r a n c e f o r w o m e n w o r ke r s i n t h e u n o r g a n i z e d s e c t o r i n c l u d i n g h o m e b a s e d w o r ke r s .

S t r i c t i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f t h e S e x u a l H a r a s s m e n t o f Wo m e n a t t h e Wo r k p l a c e A c t .

I m p l e m e n t i n g p a i d m a t e r n i t y l e a v e o f 2 6 w e e k s , m a t e r n i t y b e n e fi t a n d c r è c h e f a c i l i t i e s f o r w o m e n w o r ke r s ; r e c o g n i s i n g a l l w o r ke r s e m p l o y e d i n d i ff e r e
g o v e r n m e n t s c h e m e s i n c l u d i n g a n g a n w a d i w o r ke r s a n d h e l p e r s , A S H A s a n d o t h e r s e m p l o y e d i n t h e N a t i o n a l H e a l t h M i s s i o n , M i d D a y M e a l w o r ke r s , p a
w o r ke r s a n d p r o v i d i n g t h e m w i t h a l l a t t e n d a n t b e n e fi t s i n c l u d i n g s t a t u t o r y m i n i m u m w a g e s , s o c i a l s e c u r i t y b e n e fi t s l i ke p e n s i o n e t c . , a n d e n s u r i n
rights.

Wo r ke r s h a v i n g a c t i v e a n d e ff e c t i v e p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n a l l We l f a r e B o a r d s c o n s t i t u t e d f o r t h e i r w e l f a r e . T h e f u n c t i o n i n g o f t h e s e b o a r d s w o u l d b e s t r e n
w o r ke r s c a n g e t r e g i s t e r e d w i t h t h e b o a r d a n d h a v e e a s y a c c e s s t o w e l f a r e b e n e fi t s .

Peasantry

The CPI(M) stands for:

I m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f t h e p r o - f a r m e r r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s o f t h e N a t i o n a l C o m m i s s i o n o n Fa r m e r s t o e n s u r e t h a t a g r i c u l t u r e b e c o m e s r e m u n e r a t i v e .

Ensure stable and remunerative crop prices covering all costs and crops; increase MSP to cover full costs including family labour, land rent etc., an
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 money-lenders.

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Instituting a genuinely comprehensive crop insurance scheme to cover all types of risks for crop and cattle covering all farmers including te
sharecroppers with additional subsidies for small and marginal farmers.

E n s u r e p r o v i s i o n o f h i g h q u a l i t y i n p u t s a t a ff o r d a b l e p r i c e s t o a l l c u l t i v a t o r s i n a t i m e l y a n d r e l i a b l e m a n n e r.

Safeguard the peasantry’s right to traditional seeds and biodiversity as well as to save and reuse all seeds.

L a u n c h a N a t i o n a l S o i l A m e l i o r a t i o n a n d Re p l e n i s h m e n t P r o g r a m m e a l o n g w i t h s u s t a i n a b l e m a n a g e m e n t o f w a t e r r e s o u r c e s .

Extend labour subsidy to the small and marginal farmers under MNREGS.

A g r i c u l t u r a l Wo r k e r s

The CPI(M) stands for:

I n c r e a s i n g m i n i m u m w a g e s f o r a g r i c u l t u r a l w o r ke r s t o R s 6 0 0 p e r d a y ; e n s u r i n g e q u a l w a g e s f o r w o m e n a g r i c u l t u r a l w o r ke r s .

Re v a m p i n g t h e r e g u l a t o r y a n d i m p l e m e n t i n g m e c h a n i s m f o r e ff e c t i v e a n d s t r i c t e n f o r c e m e n t o f t h e m i n i m u m w a g e s a c t .

Re m o v i n g t h e c a p o f 1 0 0 d a y s i n M N R E G S ; fi x i n g m i n i m u m w a g e s n o t l e s s t h a n m i n i m u m w a g e s o f t h e s t a t e ; e n s u r i n g p a y m e n t o f u n e m p l o y m e n t
w o r ke r s a r e n o t p r o v i d e d w o r k .

E n a c t i n g a s e p a r a t e a n d c o m p r e h e n s i v e l e g i s l a t i o n f o r a g r i c u l t u r a l w o r ke r s t o e n s u r e m i n i m u m w a g e s , t h e r i g h t t o b a r g a i n c o l l e c t i v e l y a n d m e a s u r
such as pensions, accident compensation etc., with central funding.

Re d i s t r i b u t i n g l a n d t o a g r i c u l t u r a l w o r ke r s , f r e e o f c o s t ; p r o v i d i n g h o m e s t e a d l a n d t o a l l r u r a l h o u s e h o l d s ; c o n s t r u c t i n g r u r a l d w e l l i n g s f o r a l l r u r a l w o

Re c o g n i z i n g t h e r i g h t s o f a g r i c u l t u r a l w o r ke r s a s p e r s o n s a ff e c t e d e l i g i b l e t o f u l l c o m p e n s a t i o n a n d Re s e t t l e m e n t & Re h a b i l i t a t i o n i n a l l c a s e s o f
displacement.

B a n n i n g t h e u s e o f p o i s o n o u s i n s e c t i c i d e s i n j u r i o u s t o h e a l t h l i ke e n d o s u l f a n a n d e n s u r i n g f r e e m e d i c a l t r e a t m e n t f o r a g r i c u l t u r a l l a b o u r s u ff e r i n g f r o m

S a f e g u a r d i n g t h e c o n s t i t u t i o n a l r i g h t s o f d a l i t a n d a d i v a s i w o r ke r s a n d e n s u r i n g t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f d a l i t a n d a d i v a s i h a b i t a t i o n s .

Providing full and universal social security for all agricultural labourers through decentralized tripartite boards with a single window system with pa
protect migrants.

Fish w orkers

S e t t i n g u p s p e c i a l w e l f a r e b o a r d f o r fi s h w o r ke r s a n d p r o v i d i n g t h e m i d e n t i t y c a r d s a n d s o c i a l s e c u r i t y s c h e m e s .

Banning foreign trawlers and destructive fishing practices by big trawlers.

W i t h d r a w i n g t h e C R Z n o t i fi c a t i o n 2 0 1 8 a l l o w i n g m o r e c o a s t a l a r e a f o r a c t i v i t i e s l i ke t o u r i s m , h o t e l s , i n d u s t r i e s e t c . , a n d h a n d i n g o v e r t h e c o a s t t
depriving the fishers of their right to the coasts.

Fo r E q u a l R i g h t s a n d S o c i a l J u s t i c e

Wo m e n

The CPI(M) stands for:

E n a c t i n g t h e 3 3 p e r c e n t Wo m e n ’ s Re s e r v a t i o n B i l l t o r e s e r v e o n e - t h i r d s e a t s i n Pa r l i a m e n t a n d S t a t e A s s e m b l i e s f o r w o m e n i m m e d i a t e l y.

Scrap ordinance criminalising triple talaq.

Enact a comprehensive law to prevent trafficking of women and children for labour and sexual exploitation.

Enact a law for equal rights in marital and inherited property for all women; strengthen laws relating to maintenance for women and children; en
adequate maintenance and rehabilitation for all deserted women including those who are victims of instantaneous talaq.

Putting in place a series of measures to prevent, curb and punish those responsible for the horrific increase in violence against women and children. T

A c c e p t i n g t h e Ve r m a C o m m i t t e e r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s w h i c h h a v e b e e n l e f t o u t o f t h e p r e s e n t a m e n d e d l a w ; c h a n g e s i n e d u c a t i o n a l c u r r i c u l a t o i n c l u d e
g e n d e r e q u a l i t y ; s t e p s t o m a ke p u b l i c s p a c e s s a f e r f o r w o m e n ; e n s u r i n g s a f e a c c e s s t o a l l p u b l i c p l a c e s f o r w o m e n w i t h d i s a b i l i t y ; i n c r e a s i n g p u n i s h m
crimes against scheduled caste and scheduled tribe women; penalties on any personnel including police personnel who sabotage or delay cases; set
c o u r t s ; m a ke m a r i t a l r a p e a n o ff e n c e ; s a f e g u a r d S e c t i o n 4 9 8 A o f t h e I n d i a n Pe n a l C o d e ; s u p p o r t t o v i c t i m s o f s e x u a l v i o l e n c e a n d a c i d a t t a c k s t h r
rehabilitation scheme especially for children who are victims of sexual violence; adequate budgetary allocations for implementation of the laws again
and against sexual harassment. Strict implementation of the PCPNDT Act (against sex determination tests and female foeticide) and the activisation o
committees.

Enacting the following new legislations: a stand-alone law against so -called honour crimes; a law against trafficking of women and children; streng
maintenance of women and c h i l d r e n i n c l u d i n g a s c h e m e s u c h a s t h e o n e i n i t i a t e d b y t h e e r s t w h i l e L e f t f r o n t g o v e r n m e n t i n Tr i p u r a f o r a n a l l o w a n c e f
special schemes for single women including widows and female headed families; a law to ensure linkages between SHGs and banking institutions
subsidised interest rates of n o t m o r e t h a n 4 p e r c e n t w i t h s p e c i a l c o n c e s s i o n s f o r S H G s o f S C / S T w o m e n ; p r o t e c t i v e l e g i s l a t i o n f o r d o m e s t i c w o r ke r s
w o r ke r s .

A code of conduct for all elected representatives in different spheres to adhere to standards of decency in public comments and discourse about
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.

Children

The CPI(M) strongly advocates and will work for the rights of children. It is committed to:

U n i v e r s a l i s a t i o n o f t h e I C D S t o c o v e r a l l c h i l d r e n f r o m t h e a g e o f 0 - 6 y e a r s . Re v e r s e a l l m e a s u r e s t o w a r d s p r i v a t i s a t i o n o f t h e I C D S ; m o r e a l l o c a t i o n
nutritious meals for children in anganwadis and in schools and provision of creche facilities in anganwadi centres.

Expansion of The Right to Education Act to include all children from the age of 3-18 years. Special provisions for the inclusion of children with disabil

Provision of adequate number of child friendly playgrounds in each district so that they can play outdoor sports.

A m e n d m e n t s i n t h e C h i l d L a b o u r ( P r o h i b i t i o n a n d Re g u l a t i o n A c t ) t o r e m o v e t h e d i s t i n c t i o n b e t w e e n h a z a r d o u s a n d n o n - h a z a r d o u s w o r k i n o r d e r t o b

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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
including additional allocations for setting up residential schools and hostels with modern facilities for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste child
against discrimination at any level.

Com plete coverage of basic services, such as supplem entary nutrition, im m unization, preschool non-form al education, regular health checkups
services.

Ta ke e ff e c t i v e s t e p s t o t r a c e m i s s i n g c h i l d r e n e n s u r i n g p u b l i c r e p o r t i n g o f t h e s t a t u s o f s e a r c h .

Strict implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

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

Yo u t h

The CPI(M) is committed to:

T h e i n c l u s i o n o f t h e R i g h t t o Wo r k a s a c o n s t i t u t i o n a l r i g h t .

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 w
framework.

D r a f t a n e w N a t i o n a l Yo u t h Po l i c y t o a d d r e s s t h e c o n c e r n s o f t h e y o u t h .

Set up Sports Missions sponsored by both central and state governments to promote sports activities and training facilities for youth.

S c h e d u l e d C a s t e s a n d S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s

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 prom
specifically for the advancement of the rights of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, including additional allocations.

The CPI(M) stands for:

E n a c t m e n t o f a c e n t r a l l e g i s l a t i o n f o r S p e c i a l C o m p o n e n t P l a n f o r S c h e d u l e d C a s t e s a n d f o r t h e Tr i b a l S u b - P l a n w h i c h w i l l p r o v i d e f o r P l a n o u t l a y s a
states equivalent to the SC population at the national and state level for the SCP, and the ST population at the national and State level for th
E s t a b l i s h m e n t o f a s t a n d i n g c o m m i t t e e t o m o n i t o r t h e i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f t h e P l a n w i t h d i r e c t b e n e fi t s f o r t h e S c h e d u l e d C a s t e s a n d S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s .

Distribution of 5 acres of arable land for cultivation for a landless family from SC and ST communities.

E n a c t m e n t o f a c e n t r a l l e g i s l a t i o n t o p r o v i d e r e s e r v a t i o n s i n t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r f o r S C s a n d S Ts .

E n f o r c e m e n t a n d i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f t h e S c h e d u l e d C a s t e s a n d S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s ( P r e v e n t i o n o f A t r o c i t i e s ) A c t 1 9 8 9 a n d t h e P O A A m e n d m e n t A c t 2
i n c o r p o r a t e S C / S T ( Po A ) A c t u n d e r S c h e d u l e I X o f t h e C o n s t i t u t i o n a n d f o r t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f m a n d a t o r y S p e c i a l C o u r t s a s p e r S e c t i o n 1 4 o f t h e S
1989 in each district.

Enactment of a special Act for the prevention of caste, religious and gender based discrimination in educational institutions and work environments
discrimination in admission, enhance access to quality education, and ensure equality as an integral part of the education process, along with ens
professional workspaces.

Immediate Publishing of Socio -Economic Caste Census.

The universal access to hostels and scholarships for all SC and ST students.

Scheduled Castes

The CPI(M) is committed to:

Fi l l i n g a l l b a c k l o g s i n r e s e r v e d s e a t s a n d p o s t s a n d i n p r o m o t i o n s t h r o u g h a s p e c i a l t i m e b o u n d r e c r u i t m e n t d r i v e ; c r e a t i o n o f v o c a t i o n a l t r a i n i n g f a
c a s t e y o u t h ; e n s u r e c r e d i t f a c i l i t i e s f o r a l l s e l f e m p l o y e d a n d s c h e d u l e d c a s t e e n t e r p r i s e s a n d a s s i s t a n c e i n d e v e l o p i n g m a r ke t l i n k a g e s .

Strong and strict punishment against practices of untouchability, atrocities and discrimination against scheduled castes.

Amendments to remove loopholes in the legislation for prevention of manual scavenging and timebound rehabilitation scheme with adequate allocati
to stop the inhuman practice of manual scavenging; compensation, as per Supreme Court judgment, to the families of those who die while cleaning se

Re g u l a r i s a t i o n o f c o n t r a c t l a b o u r i n s a f a i s e r v i c e s .

Ensuring house sites, houses, sanitation, water, health, electricity connections to all scheduled caste families and scheduled caste inhabited areas i
budgetary allocations to close the continuing gap between SCs compared to other communities as far as housing and civic facilities are concerned.

Extending reservations to dalit Christian and Muslim communities.

S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s

The CPI(M) stands for:

Fi l l i n g a l l v a c a n c i e s f o r S T r e s e r v e d p o s t s i n a l l G o v e r n m e n t s e r v i c e s w i t h i n a l e g a l l y m a n d a t e d t i m e f r a m e w o r k .

Protecting land rights of adivasis and restoring land illegally alienated from them. Withdrawal of amendments to L ARR which in the name of ease of
right of consent of Adivasi communities for land acquisition.

W i t h d r a w a l o f N a t i o n a l Fo r e s t Po l i c y w h i c h a d v o c a t e s p r i v a t i s a t i o n o f f o r e s t s a n d r e p l a c e m e n t w i t h a n a p p r o p r i a t e p o l i c y p r o t e c t i n g t r i b a l r i g h t s .

I m p l e m e n t i n g t h e S c h e d u l e d Tr i b e s a n d O t h e r Tr a d i t i o n a l Fo r e s t D w e l l e r s ( Re c o g n i t i o n o f Fo r e s t R i g h t s ) A c t 2 0 0 6 , i n f u l l ; a m e n d i n g t h e A c t t o i n c l u
forest dwellers with 1980 as the cut- off year; no eviction of Adivasis from their habitat.

Re m o v a l o f a l l a m e n d m e n t s t o Fo r e s t C o n s e r v a t i o n a n d E n v i r o n m e n t r e l a t e d r u l e s a n d g o v e r n m e n t c i r c u l a r s w h i c h d i l u t e t h e r o l e o f g r a m s a b h a s
powers regarding areas in their jurisdiction.

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P r o t e c t i o n o f r i g h t s u n d e r P E S A a n d Fi f t h S c h e d u l e . E n s u r i n g r e c o g n i t i o n , p r o t e c t i o n a n d d e v e l o p m e n t o f t r i b a l l a n g u a g e s a n d s c r i p t s . Tr i b a l l a n g u a g e
a n d Ko k B o r o k t o b e i n c l u d e d i n t h e E i g h t h S c h e d u l e o f t h e C o n s t i t u t i o n ; t h e c o n c e r n e d s t a t e g o v e r n m e n t s m u s t r e c o g n i z e t h e l a n g u a g e o f a d i v a s i s a
language.

Automatic inclusion of adivasis in the declared domicile list of the state governments with their ST identity and rights irrespective of their migrati
a n o t h e r.

I n c l u d i n g a l l t r i b a l s i n t h e Fo o d S e c u r i t y A c t e n t i t l e d t o s u b s i d i s e d f o o d g r a i n .

Enhancement of scholarship for tribal students and time bound audit of all tribal hostel and upgrading of facilities.

Minorities

The CPI(M) stands for:

Making the Minorities Commission a statutory body with enhanced powers and jurisdiction and enhancing the status of its chairperson and members.

Fo r m u l a t i n g a s u b - p l a n f o r t h e M u s l i m m i n o r i t i e s o n t h e l i n e s o f t h e t r i b a l s u b - p l a n i n o r d e r t o i m p l e m e n t S a c h a r C o m m i t t e e r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s ;
Development Programme introduced after the Sachar Committee to be augmented, and amended to ensure adequate resources and special initiative
e m p l o y m e n t , e d u c a t i o n a n d h e a l t h t o b e u n d e r t a ke n t a r g e t i n g d i s t r i c t s w h e r e t h e M u s l i m p o p u l a t i o n i s c o n c e n t r a t e d .

Enacting ‘Prevention of Communal Violence Act’ and ‘Prevention of Minorities Atrocities Act’ in order to prevent the continuing attacks on the Christi
Pa s t o r s .

Implementing the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission report. As an immediate measure all OBC Muslims which form the vast maj
community to be included in the OBC quota with specific State wise allocations.

E a r m a r k i n g 1 5 p e r c e n t o f p r i o r i t y s e c t o r l e n d i n g b y b a n k s f o r t h e M u s l i m s ; s u b s i d i s e d c r e d i t t o b e e n s u r e d f o r t h e s e l f- e m p l o y e d M u s l i m y o u t h .

Special emphasis to be laid on the education of Muslim girls; scholarships and hostel facilities should be substantially increased for Muslim girl stude

Promoting the teaching of Urdu in schools; Publishing good quality textbooks in Urdu and filling vacancies of Urdu teaching posts.

Ensuring compensation and rehabilitation to all those Muslims acquitted of cases of terror and also ensuring punishment of officials responsible for
false cases, subjecting them to torture etc. Setting up of fast track courts to try all such cases.

Compensation for all victims of mob lynching.

OBCs

Ensuring proper implementation of 27 per cent OBC reservation in Central educational institutions; extending OBC reservation to all private education

Strengthening the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Simplifying procedures for issuing OBC certificate.

D e s i g n i n g c o m p r e h e n s i v e p a c k a g e o f s c h e m e s , o n t h e l i n e s o f t h o s e d r a w n u p f o r S C s a n d S Ts , f o r e m p l o y m e n t a n d p o v e r t y a l l e v i a t i o n o f O B C s f r o m
w e a ke r s e c t i o n s .

Tr a n s g e n d e r

Pa s s i n g t h e R i g h t s o f Tr a n s g e n d e r Pe r s o n s B i l l , 2 0 1 4 t o u p h o l d t h e r i g h t s o f a l l t r a n s g e n d e r p e r s o n s a n d r e m o v i n g t h e l a c u n a e p r e s e n t i n t h e c u r r e n t
Bill, 2018.

Legal recognition and protection to same sex couples similar to marriage - ‘civil union’ /’same-sex-partnerships’, legislation/s on similar lines as S
1954 so that the partner can be listed as a dependent, for inheritance, alimony in case of divorce etc.

A c o m p r e h e n s i v e a n t i - d i s c r i m i n a t o r y b i l l c o v e r i n g L G B T.

Re s e r v a t i o n i n e d u c a t i o n i n s t i t u t i o n s ; e n s u r i n g h o r i z o n t a l r e s e r v a t i o n i n e m p l o y m e n t .

Ensuring crimes against LGBT persons are treated on par with crimes against non-LGBT persons.

Measures to address bullying, violence and harassment of gender non-conforming and LGBT students, staff and teachers in educational spaces; enforc
ragging policy amendment (2016) that addresses ragging based on sexual orientation and gender identity, ensuring accessible and safe bathrooms fo
g e n d e r n o n - c o n f o r m i n g s t u d e n t s , s t a ff a n d f a c u l t y.

Persons with Disabilities

The CPI(M) stands for:

I m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f t h e p r o v i s i o n s o f t h e R i g h t s o f Pe r s o n s w i t h D i s a b i l i t i e s A c t a n d t h e M e n t a l H e a l t h C a r e A c t s u p p o r t e d b y a d e q u a t e b u d g e t a r y a l l o c

H a r m o n i s i n g a l l l a w s i n t h e c o u n t r y i n t u n e w i t h t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s C o n v e n t i o n o n R i g h t s o f Pe r s o n s w i t h D i s a b i l i t i e s .

Re v i e w i n g a n d a m e n d i n g t h e N a t i o n a l D i s a b i l i t y Po l i c y.

Simplifying the process of certification. Speeding up the issuing of UDID.

C l e a r i n g b a c k l o g i n v a c a n c i e s i n a l l g o v e r n m e n t d e p a r t m e n t s i n a t i m e b o u n d m a n n e r. C r e a t i o n o f n e w e r e m p l o y m e n t a v e n u e s t a k i n g t h e c a p a b i l i t i e s
into account.

Making all buildings, public places, all modes of transport, information and other avenues fully accessible and barrier free for people with disabilit
language interpreters; making TV and other broadcast media accessible for the deaf /hard of hearing and the visually impaired.

Ensuring Dignified Life for persons with disabilities. Zero tolerance for abuse of disability/disabled persons. Enhancing the pension to at least Rs.
with the price index. Provision of caregiver allowance.

Fr e e p r o v i s i o n o f a i d s a n d a p p l i a n c e s . Z e r o G S T w i t h i n p u t t a x c r e d i t o n a i d s , a p p l i a n c e s a n d v e h i c l e s u s e d b y d i s a b l e d p e r s o n s .

M a k i n g e d u c a t i o n a t a l l l e v e l s i n c l u s i v e . M a ke s c h o o l i n f r a s t r u c t u r e a n d c u r r i c u l u m i n c l u s i v e . M a k i n g H e a l t h f a c i l i t i e s a c c e s s i b l e a n d f r e e f o r p e r s o n s

Extending the assistance under the MPLADS fund to all assistive devices and facilities for the disabled.

P r o p e r e n u m e r a t i o n o f a l l p e r s o n s w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s a s l i s t e d i n t h e s c h e d u l e o f t h e R i g h t s o f Pe r s o n s w i t h D i s a b i l i t i e s A c t , 2 0 1 6 .

Households with PwDs should have first claim on all land distribution programmes of government surplus land as well as ceiling surplus land.

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F O R P E O P L E S ’ W E L FA R E

CPI (M) will work for:

Education

P u b l i c e x p e n d i t u r e o n e d u c a t i o n t o b e 6 p e r c e n t o f G D P.

S t e p s t o r e m o v e c o m m u n a l c o n t e n t i n e d u c a t i o n a n d t e x t b o o k s . E n s u r e n o V i c e - C h a n c e l l o r s o r ke y p e r s o n n e l i n S t a t e f u n d e d i n s t i t u t i o n s h a v e a n t i - s e

A c a d e m i c e x c e l l e n c e a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l c o m p e t e n c e w i l l b e t h e s o l e c r i t e r i a f o r a l l a p p o i n t m e n t s t o b o d i e s l i ke U n i v e r s i t i e s , t h e I n d i a n C o u n c i l f o r
I n d i a n C o u n c i l f o r S o c i a l S c i e n c e Re s e a r c h , U n i v e r s i t y G r a n t s C o m m i s s i o n , N a t i o n a l C o u n c i l f o r E d u c a t i o n a l Re s e a r c h a n d Tr a i n i n g , e t c . A r e v i e w c o m m
be set up to address the communalisation of the school syllabus.

E s t a b l i s h i n g a C o m m o n S c h o o l E d u c a t i o n S y s t e m ; s t o p c l o s u r e o r m e r g e r o f g o v e r n m e n t s c h o o l s ; u p g r a d e g o v e r n m e n t s c h o o l s o n t h e Ke r a l a m o d e l .

I m p l e m e n t i n g t h e R i g h t t o E d u c a t i o n A c t t o p r o v i d e f r e e a n d c o m p u l s o r y e l e m e n t a r y e d u c a t i o n ; a m e n d i n g t h e RT E t o i n s t i t u t i o n a l i s e t h e c o n c e p
s c h o o l i n g , e x t e n d i n g i t b e y o n d t h e e l e m e n t a r y l e v e l a n d p r o v i d i n g f r e e e d u c a t i o n f o r a l l c o n t i n u i n g s t u d e n t s ; e n s u r i n g e v e r y s c h o o l i s RT E c o m p l i a n t

Expanding secondary education to reduce dropouts and making it universal; improving quality of education and infrastructure in SS A schools, allowin
timing and other aspects to ensure retention of girl students and pupils in backward areas and for otherwise marginalized groups.

Set-up Gender Sensitisation Committees Against Sexual Harassment in university and college campuses.

Enacting legislation to regulate fees, admissions and curricula in private educational institutions.

No FDI in higher education.

Fo r m u l a t i n g p r o g r e s s i v e a n d d e m o c r a t i c c u r r i c u l u m a n d s y l l a b i a t a l l l e v e l s o f e d u c a t i o n i n a w a y t h a t r e c o g n i z e s I n d i a ’ s s o c i a l a n d c u l t u r a l d i v e r s i t y.

Re g u l a r i s e t e a c h e r s c u r r e n t l y e m p l o y e d a s c o n t r a c t o r p a r a t e a c h e r s .

Ensuring democratic rights of students, teachers and non-teaching staff in all educational institutions; students’ union elections to be made man
educational institutions.

Stop attacks on the autonomy of higher education institutions.

Enhance public funding for higher education.

Health

M a ke t h e r i g h t t o f r e e h e a l t h c a r e j u s t i c i a b l e t h r o u g h t h e e n a c t m e n t o f a p p r o p r i a t e l e g i s l a t i o n s b o t h a t C e n t r a l a n d S t a t e l e v e l s .

Public expenditure on health to be raised to at least 3.5 per cent in the short term and 5 per cent of the GDP in the long term, which would inc
enhanced allocation from the Centre.

Strengthening, expanding and reorienting the public health system so that it is accountable to local communities and guarantees free and easy a
comprehensive health care services. Build and actively promote a predominantly public health system based framework for the provision of universa
t h e P M J AY u n d e r t h e ‘ Ay u s h m a n B h a r a t ’ s c h e m e b a s e d o n t h e d i s c r e d i t e d ‘ i n s u r a n c e m o d e l ’ .

Immediately and effectively reversing the trend of privatisation of health care services and outsourcing of services through PPPs.

E x t e n d i n g a n d r e c a s t i n g t h e E S I s c h e m e t o e ff e c t i v e l y p r o t e c t w o r ke r s ' h e a l t h .

Re g u l a t i n g t h e p r i v a t e h e a l t h c a r e s e c t o r , e s p e c i a l l y t h e c o r p o r a t e o w n e d h o s p i t a l s e c t o r t h r o u g h u r g e n t a n d s t r i n g e n t m e a s u r e s . B r i n g t h e m
Establishment Act. Modify the National Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 to ensure observance of patients’ rights; regulation of the rates and quality o

Ensure right based access to comprehensive treatment and care of persons with mental illness through integration of the revised District Mental Hea
the National Health Mission.

Ensuring uninterrupted supply of all medicines, free of cost, in all public health facilities; hazardous formulations of medicines to be weeded out from

Controlling price of essential drugs by adopting a cost-based pricing form ula; m inim um cost-M RP m argin and rem oval of all taxes on m edicines
Essential Medicines (NLEM); reduce huge excise duty on medicines by reversing from MRP-based to cost-based collection.

Initiating programs to break the monopoly of drug multinationals in critical areas.

Re v i v i n g t h e p u b l i c s e c t o r p h a r m a c e u t i c a l u n i t s t o h a r n e s s t h e m f o r p r o d u c t i o n o f e s s e n t i a l d r u g s a n d v a c c i n e s .

Strictly controlling and regulating clinical trials and prohibiting unethical clinical trials.

Re m o v i n g U S g o v e r n m e n t ’ s d r u g l a w e n f o r c i n g a g e n c y U S F D A ’ s o ffi c e s a n d o ffi c i a l s f r o m I n d i a .

Defend India’s patent laws and ensure no dilution.

Ensure priority for the setting up of new colleges to train doctors and nurses by Government. Public funding of such colleges as a priority in underse
t h e n o r t h e a s t a n d i n p o o r e r S t a t e s . Tr a i n i n g i n s t i t u t e s t o b e s e t u p f o r h e a l t h w o r ke r s .

Employment Guarantee

Enactment of a legislation for employment guarantee in all urban areas.

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
rural areas.

Special packages to support labour-intensive industries in creating jobs.

Ch e c k u n e m p l o y m e n t t h r o u g h p o l i c i e s e n c o u r a g i n g l a b o u r i n t e n s i v e e s t a b l i s h m e n t s ; l i n k fi n a n c i a l a s s i s t a n c e / i n c e n t i v e s / c o n c e s s i o n s t o e
employment generation in the concerned establishments.

F i l l u p a l l v a c a n t p o s t s i n g o v e r n m e n t d e p a r t m e n t s ; l i f t t h e b a n o n r e c r u i t m e n t a n d 3 p e r c e n t a n n u a l s u r r e n d ee
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Senior Citizens & Pensions

E n a b l i n g s e n i o r c i t i z e n s t o l i v e w i t h d i g n i t y b y i m m e d i a t e l y e s t a b l i s h i n g a p u b l i c l y - f u n d e d , u n i v e r s a l a n d n o n - c o n t r i b u t o r y O l d A g e Pe n s i o n S y s t e
amount of monthly pension not less than 50 per cent of minimum wage or Rs 6,000/- per month, whichever is higher, as an individual entitlement fo
except income tax payees or those receiving higher pension from any other source.

Indexing the pension to consumer prices for automatic annual revision.

S e t t i n g u p a s i n g l e w i n d o w s y s t e m f o r O l d A g e Pe n s i o n s .

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Providing a similar allowance to all widows, destitute and disabled persons with no age limit.

Building a network of old-age homes/day care centres with State support.

Ex-Servicemen

I m p l e m e n t O n e R a n k , O n e Pe n s i o n , i n f u l l m e a s u r e .

Ensure the welfare of retired central paramilitary forces personnel, widows and dependent persons, treat them on par with those from the armed force

Constitute a Commission for ex-servicemen headed by an ex-armed forces officer to address grievances and issues of ex-servicemen.

Urban Issues

In view of the swelling ranks of poor and working people in India’s urban areas, the CPI(M) is committed to:

Re p e a l t h e m a n d a t e d c o n s t i t u t i o n o f S p e c i a l P u r p o s e Ve h i c l e s , w h i c h b y p a s s e l e c t e d u r b a n b o d i e s f o r u r b a n g o v e r n a ntche C
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Amendment Act and ensure the devolution of powers and finances to urban local bodies in a time bound manner; ensure mandatory peoples’ partici
planning and budgeting process.

Fr a m i n g a N e w U r b a n Po l i c y t h a t r e p l a c e s t h e c o n c e p t o f ‘ S m a r t C i t i e s ’ w i t h ‘ L i v a b l e C i t i e s ’ g u i d e d b y t h e p h i l o s o p h y o f i n c l u s i o n a n d s u s t a i n a b i l i t y ; c
s t a n d a r d s f o r a l l t h e u r b a n p o o r a n d w o r ke r c o m m u n i t i e s i n t h e i r c i t i e s a n d p r o t e c t i o n o f t h e e x i s t i n g p e o p l e s ’ s e t t l e m e n t s a n d l i v e l i h o o d s . T h e w h o
channelled through local elected governments following public consultations and discussions.

Promoting planned urbanisation; increasing public investment in public utilities and facilities in the cities to accommodate the growing migration by
focusing on developing middle-tier cities, so that more jobs can be attracted to these medium cities.

Re c o g n i s i n g p e o p l e s ’ r i g h t t o w a t e r a n d h o u s i n g a n d e n s u r i n g a ff o r d a b l e b a s i c s e r v i c e s l i ke d r i n k i n g w a t e r , s a n i t a t i o n , p o w e r , t r a n s p o r t a t i o n , r
f a c i l i t i e s , s c h o o l s , s t r e e t l i g h t i n g , e t c . , f o r t h e u r b a n p o o r.

Ru n n i n g a d e q u a t e l y p r o v i s i o n e d n i g h t s h e l t e r s , h o m e s a n d c o m m u n i t y k i t c h e n s f o r t h e m o s t v u l n e r a b l e a n d d e s t i t u t e .

Halting demolition of slums with a zero eviction policy; ensuring in situ development of slums with facilities; ensuring that slum areas are not tran
developers; providing basic services to people living in slums.

A c o m p l e t e b a n o n u p r o o t i n g a n d r e l o c a t i n g w o r ke r s t o t h e o u t s k i r t s o f t h e c i t y f a r a w a y f r o m t h e i r p l a c e o f w o r k .

Expanding public provisioning of housing with full civic amenities; curbing unbridled real estate development catering to the affluent classes.

E n s u r i n g m o d e r n , a c c e s s i b l e , e q u i t a b l e a n d a ff o r d a b l e p u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a n d M a s s Tr a n s i t S y s t e m s ; p l a n n i n g r o a d s a n d t r a n s p o r t w i t h g r e a t e r r i g h
cyclists and other slow moving vehicles; checking air pollution and road congestion through these measures.

Pa y i n g s p e c i a l a t t e n t i o n t o s o l i d w a s t e m a n a g e m e n t o f r e c y c l a b l e / r e u s a b l e w a s t e ; h a z a r d o u s e l e c t r o n i c / c h e m i c a l a n d b i o - w a s t e t h r o u g h c o o p e r a t i v
w i t h o u t P P P.

E n s u r i n g p r o t e c t i o n f o r s t r e e t v e n d o r s a n d r e c o g n i s i n g t h e i r p o s i t i v e c o n t r i b u t i o n ; r e g i s t r a t i o n o f s t r e e t v e n d o r s a n d c o n s t i t u t i o n o f To w n Ve n d i n g C o m

Environment

Making the system and processes of Environmental Clearances at State and Central level effective, time-bound, transparent, accountable and free of c

Ta k i n g s t e p s t o r e d u c e e m i s s i o n o f g r e e n h o u s e g a s e s t h r o u g h e ff e c t i v e r e g u l a t i o n , e n e r g y e ffi c i e n c y i n a l l s e c t o r s o f p r o d u c t i o n a n d c o n s u m p t i o n ; p r o
e n e r g y s u c h a s s o l a r a n d w i n d ; r e d u c i n g e n e r g y i n e q u a l i t y a n d p r o m o t i n g e n e r g y a c c e s s f o r e c o n o m i c a l l y w e a ke r s e c t i o n s .

Strengthening States to tackle natural and climate-related disasters, and to adopt and implement climate resilient development strategies addre
vulnerable populations.

Checking pollution of rivers and other water bodies through effective regulation and enforcement especially by strengthening Central and State regula

Initiating immediate measures to prevent degradation and destructive development on river beds and flood plains.

Wa t e r R e s o u r c e s

N a t i o n a l Wa t e r Po l i c y t o b e f o r m u l a t e d t r e a t i n g w a t e r a s a s c a r c e p u b l i c g o o d , i n s u c h a m a n n e r a s t o i n c r e a s e w a t e r r e - c h a r g e a n d w a t e r c
simultaneously enhancing water availability for domestic use, irrigation and industry through effective regulation and demand management; equ
p o t a b l e d r i n k i n g w a t e r t o a l l h a b i t a t i o n s t o b e a c c o r d e d p r i o r i t y.

N o p r i v a t i z a t i o n o f w a t e r r e s o u r c e s a n d r e c o g n i s i n g t h e r i g h t t o w a t e r.

Ta c k l i n g d e p l e t i o n o f g r o u n d w a t e r t h r o u g h m o r e e ff e c t i v e r e g u l a t i o n , s t r e n g t h e n i n g r e g u l a t o r y b o d i e s a n d a p p r o p r i a t e l e g i s l a t i o n .

S c i e n c e a n d Te c h n o l o g y

Enhancing public funding of indigenous research in science and technology to 2 per cent of GDP; strengthening the university system in research
f u n d a m e n t a l r e s e a r c h i n t h e s c i e n c e s t o b e a c c o r d e d p r i o r i t y.

Campaign to promote scientific temper and rational thinking as directed by our Constitution.

Fo c u s i n g o n a g r i c u l t u r a l r e s e a r c h t o b r e a k m o n o p o l i e s o f c o m p a n i e s s u c h a s M o n s a n t o i n s e e d s .

Promoting free software and other such new technologies, which are free from monopoly ownership through copyrights or patents; “knowledge co
p r o m o t e d a c r o s s d i s c i p l i n e s , l i ke b i o t e c h n o l o g y a n d d r u g d i s c o v e r y.

Re c o g n i s e d i g i t a l i n f r a s t r u c t u r e a s p u b l i c i n f r a s t r u c t u r e a n d t o b e u s e d f o r p u b l i c g o o d .

Surveillance and Privacy Issues

Stop bulk surveillance by state agencies under Section 69. There should be clear provisions and judicial supervision of any surveillance that violates

Enact data privacy laws that protect the people against appropriation/misuse of users private data for commercial use.

C u r b m o n o p o l i e s t h a t u s e e i t h e r t e l e c o m s u c h a s J i o / A i r t e l / Vo d a f o n e o r i n t e r n e t s e r v i c e p l a t f o r m s s u c h a s G o o g l e , Fa c e b o o k , e t c .

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Culture and Media

All languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution to be equally encouraged and developed.

Promoting secular, progressive and democratic culture; attacks on cultural personalities and productions by the communal forces to be firmly dealt wi

Curbing glorification of violence and commodification of women and sex.

S t r e n g t h e n i n g t h e P r a s a r B h a r a t i C o r p o r a t i o n t o m a ke i t a g e n u i n e p u b l i c b r o a d c a s t i n g s e r v i c e f o r T V a n d r a d i o ; s t a t e s t o h a v e a s a y i n t h e p r o g r a
public broadcasting service.

Prohibiting cross-media ownership to prevent monopolies; reversing the entry of FDI in the print and electronic media.

Setting up of a Media Council which can act as an independent regulatory authority for the media.

Ta k i n g I n t e r n e t g o v e r n a n c e o u t o f U S c o n t r o l t o a n a p p r o p r i a t e i n t e r n a t i o n a l b o d y ; p r o m o t i n g a p e o p l e - c e n t r i c i n t e r n e t w h i c h b u i l d s i n s o c i a l j u s t i c e
of global corporations; promoting a global internet regime that protects the right to privacy and does not allow mass surveillance by either governme

S t e p s t o c o n t r o l t h e s p r e a d o f f a ke n e w s a n d a c t o n t h o s e g r o u p s a n d i n d i v i d u a l s p r o m o t i n g f a ke n e w s .

Steps to protect the freedom of media and stop attacks on journalists.

Provide public support to independent media in various forms.

A m e n d i n g t h e Wo r k i n g J o u r n a l i s t s A c t t o i n c l u d e j o u r n a l i s t s a n d w o r ke r s f r o m a l l m e d i a o r g a n i s a t i o n s t o e n s u r e d e c e n t w a g e s a n d j o b s e c u r i t y. C o n s t i
for journalists in print, electronic and digital media to revise wages in media organisations.

FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

The CPI(M) stands for:

Protecting individual rights and freedoms and for the review and reform of all provisions that place unreasonable restrictions constraints on f
expression and individual rights.

P r o t e c t i n g t h e i n d e p e n d e n c e o f S t a t u t o r y , C o n s t i t u t i o n a l a n d Re g u l a t o r y B o d i e s b y e n s u r i n g t r a n s p a r e n c y i n a p p o i n t m e n t s t o o v e r s i g h t , r e g u l a t o r
b o d i e s , l i ke t h e C V C , C B I , E C I , N a t i o n a l / S t a t e H u m a n R i g h t s C o m m i s s i o n s , L o k p a l , L o k a y u k t a s , Wo m e n s ’ C o m m i s s i o n s , S C / S T C o m m i s s i o n s e t c . ,
measures to prevent and control corruption of all kinds, especially in high places; effectively redressing grievances, protecting whistle blowers; mak
speedy and affordable; and reforming the electoral system.

Fighting
Corruption and Increasing Accountability

Amending and strengthening the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Lokpal Act to widen its purview and bring all contracts, agreements or MOUs o
t h e g o v e r n m e n t a n d t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r w i t h i n i t s p u r v i e w.

Empowering regulators and investigating agencies to thoroughly probe corporate crimes.

P r i v a t e Fi n a n c i a l s e c t o r i n s t i t u t i o n s , b a n k i n g a n d i n s u r a n c e s e c t o r i n p a r t i c u l a r , a n d a l l p u b l i c - p r i v a t e p a r t n e r s h i p p r o j e c t s b r o u g h t u n d e r t h e p u
Whistleblowers Protection Act and other related anti-corruption legislations.

I n s t i t u t i n g e ff e c t i v e m e c h a n i s m s f o r p r o v i d i n g p r o t e c t i o n t o RT I u s e r s a n d a n t i - c o r r u p t i o n c r u s a d e r s a n d p a s s i n g a n e ff e c t i v e W h i s t l e b l o w e r s P r o t e c t i o

Strengthen the Right to Information Act and establishing institutionalised mechanisms for citizens to participate in all aspects of decision mak
i m p l e m e n t i n g S e c t i o n 4 o f t h e RT I A c t , f o r a t r a n s p a r e n t a n d p a r t i c i p a t o r y p r e - l e g i s l a t i v e p r o c e s s s o l i c i t i n g c i t i z e n f e e d b a c k b e f o r e l a w s a r e p a s s e d .

S t o p t h e m i s u s e o f t h e O ffi c i a l S e c r e t s A c t ( O S A ) a n d r e f o r m i t s u i t a b l y.

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l eforms

Constituting a National Judicial Com m ission as an independent Constitutional body com prising of representatives from judiciary, executive, legi
a p p o i n t m e n t s , t r a n s f e r s a n d t o e x a m i n e i n s t a n c e s o f c o m m i s s i o n / o m i s s i o n o f j u d g e s a n d t o e n s u r e j u d i c i a l a c c o u n t a b i l i t y.

Re f o r m i n g t h e j u d i c i a l s y s t e m t o p r o v i d e s p e e d y r e l i e f a t a ff o r d a b l e c o s t t o t h e c o m m o n p e o p l e ; fi l l i n g u p v a c a n c i e s i n t h e j u d i c i a r y.

Suitably amending the definition of criminal contempt in order to prevent its misuse in suppressing dissent.

P u b l i c d e c l a r a t i o n o f t h e i r a s s e t s b y t h e J u d g e s t o b e m a d e m a n d a t o r y.

Ensuring adequate representation and diversity in the judiciary at all levels.

Reform of the Election Commission

Members of the EC to be appointed by the President on the advice of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition
Supreme Court.

The Election Commissioners must be legally debarred from enjoying any office after their retirement either under the Government or as a Govern
legislature.

T h e Re p r e s e n t a t i o n o f t h e Pe o p l e A c t n e e d s t o b e a m e n d e d t o s p e c i f y t h e j u r i s d i c t i o n o f e l e c t i o n o b s e r v e r s .

E l e c t o r aRl e f o r m s

Introduction of proportional representation with partial list system.

Scrap electoral bonds.

State funding in the form of material for recognized political parties; prohibition of corporate funding to political parties.

To e n s u r e f a i t h i s r e s t o r e d i n d e m o c r a c y , b y a p p r o p r i a t e l y a m e n d i n g t h e r u l e s r e g a r d i n g t h e u s e o f E l e c t r o n i c Vo t i n g M a c h i n e s ( E V M s ) ; t o p r o v i d e f
V V PAT s l i p s a g a i n s t E V M s u p t o 5 0 p e r c e n t , b e f o r e d e c l a r a t i o n o f r e s u l t s .

B r i n g t h e e l e c t i o n e x p e n d i t u r e o f p o l i t i c a l p a r t i e s u n d e r c e i l i n g l i ke t h a t o f c a n d i d a t e s ; e n s u r e t r a n s p a r e n c y a n d a c c o u n t a b i l i t y o f e l e c t o r a l e x p e n d i t u

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