THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Railway Budget -- Disappointing


Press Statement



The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the
following statement:



Despite delivering probably the longest railway budget speech the budgetary
proposals do not evoke any sense of well being in the Indian railways.
Having hiked the passenger and freight charges several times prior to the
budget, it was only natural that further hikes in the budget were not
announced. The people of India were hoping that the budget will address the
issue of expanding railway connectivity and take substantive measures for
improving passenger amenities. On both these counts the budget was very
disappointing.



Most importantly, given the alarming rise in rail accidents it was hoped
that better measures for ensuring safety standards and financial allocations
for enhancing safety measures would be taken up. Unfortunately, the budget
does not generate any greater confidence amongst the Indian people for whom
the railways constitute the most important link in the country's
connectivity and therefore its unity.



The most worrisome aspect of the budget concerns the financial health of the
railways. Last year's performance has been much below the anticipated
earnings by the railways. Both freight and passenger earnings have
significantly dropped and the gap between the budgetary estimates and the
revised estimates of railway revenue is around a massive Rs. 17,000 crores.
Further, the railways require around Rs. 32,000 crores to fulfill the
obligations and recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. This means that
the railways are starting the financial year with a shortfall of nearly Rs.
50,000 crores. This shortfall, the railway minister hopes, will be bridged
and surplus funds would be available for improving the railways through a
massive dose of public-private partnership and the selling of the assets
currently held by the Indian railways. The PPP model has globally proved to
be a failure in improving the railways all across the world. Selling assets
is like selling family silver to meet the day to day expenditure. This makes
neither economic nor common sense.



Consequently, the grandiose projects announced by the railway minister, will
in all probability, remain on paper like most of the earlier announcements
made during the recent years.



Another disturbing aspect is that there is very little in the budget for
protecting, leave aside improving the welfare of the railway workers. The
railway minister praised the railway workers as the mainstay of the Indian
Railways. This however appears mere lip service. Most of the services have
already been privatized and the remaining few are also to enter the PPP
mode. The workers discharging these services do not have any protection and
in some cases are not even paid the stipulated minimum wages. This does not
augur well for the future health of the Indian railways.



The CPI(M) has all along demanded that the Indian Railways must maintain its
role in providing better services to the people as its foremost objective
and not be reduced into a mere accounting exercise balancing its revenues
and expenditures. We will have to wait for the general budget to see if
there is any significant improvement in the budgetary support for the
railways. Given the fiscal constraints and the overall economic slowdown in
the Indian economy under this BJP government this however will not be
forthcoming.



The consequent increased burdens on the people, the privatization of its
assets and the abdication of the responsibility towards its workforce
together mounts a further attack on the Indian people, who are crying for
relief.













(Hari Singh Kang)

For Central Committee Office 


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