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Socialist Party's national executive meeting held in Delhi
Socialist Party’s national executive meeting was held on 21-22 December 2013 in Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Bhai Vaidya, national president, and attended by delegates from 20 states. During the meeting the recently held elections in 5 states were reviewed in detail.

In party’s opinion neo-liberal-communal nexus, emerging in new avatars is pushing away the socialist and secular forces from the political space. This challenge can only be fought by opposing and uprooting this neo-liberal-communal nexus, and not by making alliance with it. The Socialist Party has been firm in this regard and will continue its stand in future as well.

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Party will contest Lok Sabha elections on limited seats and announce names of constituencies and candidates by 31 January 2014. Party will make alliance only with those political parties who are totally opposed to the neo-liberal policies.

In the resolution, passed in the meeting, various important issues were taken up and deliberated upon. In the final resolution demand was made to enact a law to guarantee full employment to every able bodied male and female. With a view to implement Directive Principles of the Constitution, the policy makers should formulate economic policies to meet this long pending goal. For this, in particular, western capitalist model of development must be discarded and agro-industry-cooperative based model be adopted.

Natural resources, mainly water, should not be allowed to be traded as a marketable commodity. Human beings and other species have their natural right on water therefore it should be used primarily for drinking and irrigation.

The 5th and 6th pay commissions had bestowed many privileges on small minority of class 1 and class 2 officers and increased disparity with class 3 and class 4 employees. The Socialist Party demands that the terms of reference in the 7th Pay Commission should include : (1) reduction of disparity in pay scales (2) reduction of public holidays (3) reduction of financial burden on the central, state and panchayati raj administration (4) vacancies for 3 and 4 class employees should be filled immediately and there should be no contractual appointments on such vacancies.

The party reiterated its long pending demand of free, common and quality education from KG to PG to all by the state. Political parties should be brought under the RTI to ensure transparency in their accounts.

In a special resolution, party’s senior most member Justice Rajindar Sachar was congratulated and wished a healthy life on his 90th birth i.e. 22 December 2013. The party has decided to hold seminars for next one year in various towns on the theme of socialist movement and ideology in honour of Justice Sachar.

(About the Contributor: Dr. Prem Singh is General Secretary and Spokesperson for Socialist Party, India)

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