Emerging from the meeting, CPI leader AB Bardhan said the Left would concentrate mainly on the following points: FDI cap on telecom and insurance and civil aviation sectors, reversal of employees provident fund interest rate back to 9.5 per cent, the current price rise and dereservation of 85 items in the small scale sector. On the last, the Left parties wanted to know when the committee on SSIs would be set up.
Other than these five, the truckers’ strike and other budgetary issues would also be taken up. Mr Bardhan said the government should speak to the truckers and find a solution quickly. He said the strike was causing problems for farmers as they were finding it difficult to deliver their products to the markets, causing them grave problems.
This will be the first such meeting after the setting up of the committee. Another important issue that would be taken up would be giving shape to the Board for Restructuring Public Sectors proposed by finance minister P Chidambaram during his budget speech.
CPI(M) Sitaram Yechuri said that although the Left parties were supporting the government, it would be warned against deviating from the common minimum programme (CMP). The government would also be told to work more responsibly towards implementing the people-oriented programmes in the CMP.