PATNA: CPI general secretary A B Bardhan on Wednesday said that the country needs an effective Lokpal Bill and prime minister should be brought under its purview. He, however, said the judiciary should be kept out of the ombudsman's ambit.
He reiterated the party's demand to bring back the black money stashed abroad as it caused a huge loss to the nation in terms of tax revenue. People who had deposited their black money in foreign banks must be exposed as they had indulged in antinational act, Bardhan said while announcing that the CPI's 21st national convention would be held in Patna from March 27 to 31, 2012.
He said the convention would start from March 27 with a massive rally in the city, with formal inauguration on March 28. Left parties including CPM, Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI (ML) would be invited to the convention, he said and added that after a general report and political resolutions are passed at the convention it would conclude on March 31.
Bardhan said there should be a separate National Judicial Commission for the appointment, promotion and transfer of judges and to review the functioning of the judiciary, including looking into corruption charges. He said that the CBI's probe into corruption cases should be brought under the purview of Lokpal. Group A, B and C officials and staff of the government should be brought under the purview of Lokpal.
The CPI veteran said that the Lokayukta Bill passed by the Bihar assembly was a good step though it was faulty as the selection committee included the chairman of Bihar legislative council and Speaker of Bihar legislative assembly, who belong to the NDA. He said the genuine whistle blowers must be protected. While providing food security, the interest of farmers should be protected while fixing the procurement prices of foodgrains. Bardhan said that the Sewa Yatra of CM was being organized at government cost.
State CPI secretary Badri Narayan Lal alleged that recently some CPI workers were attacked at a meeting at village Pathra under the Pandaul block in Madhubani district. It exposed the government claim on better law and order in the state.
The Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for, works to the tune of Rs.2 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.