Trade and Finance
INDIAN PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST WTO (IPCAWTO)
Thousands of workers, farmers, women, students and youth marched against the WTO Ministerial meeting which started in New Delhi today. Farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, students and youth from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi and workers from Delhi participated in the protest march from Mandi House to Parliament Street. The protesters carried colourful banners and placards against the WTO and the UPA Government’s shifting positions in the Doha Round, which will adversely affect the interests of Indian people. The March was followed by a public
meeting at the Parliament Street.
The public meeting was presided over by S.P.Shukla, Convenor of the WTO Virodhi Abhiyan. Addressing the protesters, CPI General Secretary, A.B. Bardhan said that the UPA was bypassing the Parliament and betraying the election mandate which was clearly against the neoliberal policies that have caused acute distress to the masses. CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury questioned the very basis of the Indian Commerce Minister’s initiative to break the deadlock in the Doha Round, suggesting that it was being done under American pressure. The peasants and workers, who are suffering from drought, job losses and unprecedented price rise, will rise up against the Government if their interests will continue to be compromised in the WTO, he warned. Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary of the CPI(ML) Liberation called for countrywide mobilisations against the WTO dictated policies in the days to come. Farmer leader, Krishan Bir Chaudhary highlighted the pathetic plight of the Indian farmers under the WTO regime and castigated the Government for trying to push the Doha Round forward. Concluding the meeting, S.P.Shukla said that if the Government did not pay heed to the voice of the farmers and workers, a big resistance would be put up in India by the WTO Virodhi Abhiyan before the Ministerial Meeting
scheduled in November-December 2009 in Geneva.
WTO VIRODHI BHARTIYA JAN ABHIYAN
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The Government of India will host a major meeting of WTO
Trade Ministers in
Please find pasted below and attached an open letter to
the UPA Government that spells out the dangers of reviving the
Thousands of agriculture and labour activists are
expected to mobilise in
Please also forward to like-minded organisations and individuals
In June 2007, the European Union (EU) and the Government of India
started negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This new generation
FTA covers many areas other than trade in goods viz. trade in
services, investment, intellectual property rights, competition
policy, government procurement etc. Hence, these negotiations are
going to have far reaching consequences both for the policy space of
the Indian state and on the lives and livelihoods of Indian citizens.
New Delhi, February 25, 2009
We, belonging to trade unions, people’s movements and civil society organisations express our opposition to the lack of transparency, public debate and democratic process surrounding the ongoing negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between India and the European Free Trade Association, composed of, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland – EFTA-India FTA. While the 6th round of negotiations of the European Union-India FTA has been postponed, the EFTA-India negotiations continue. Little public attention has been given to them, but they present concerns very similar to those raised by the India-EU FTA. We are deeply concerned that this free trade framework will constrain India’s policy space and have adverse socio-economic and environmental impacts. As delegations gather for the third round of negotiations of the EFTA-India Summit in New Delhi from February 23 to 26, we call for a halt of the EFTA-India FTA negotiations until the following concerns are addressed.
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