Over five lakh workers of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) will go on a one day strike on August 18. The unions have served the notice for the strike on August 1. From that day,…
Banking capital in our country is being rapidly concentrated through mergers and privatisation of public sector banks. The aim is to create a handful of giant monopoly banks, competing and colluding to make maximum profits. This is bound to have…
I am writing in response to the article `On the Real Aim of Merging and Privatising Banks’ dated 24/7/2020 and published in the online edition of MEL. The issue of banking is a very important one and is also one on which there is considerable confusion in the public mind.
Recently, the government passed two ordinances related to agriculture. “Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance-2020” and “Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Assurance of Value and Agricultural Services Ordinance-2020 “. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture have called these two ordinances, as the means to open the way for “freedom of farmers”. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) talked about these ordinances with many peasant leaders across the country. The key points made by Shri Vikal Pachar, National President of All India Swaminathan Sangharsh Samiti, during an interview with Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, are presented in the following paragraphs.
When the process of bank mergers began three years ago, the Central Government claimed that it was aimed at addressing the problem of “non-performing assets” or bad loans accumulated by many state-owned banks. However, the problem of bad loans has only grown from bad to worse since then.
Result of medical education and health care being profit oriented
Lack of adequate number of trained doctors and nurses is proving to be one of the biggest handicaps in treating increasing number of Covid affected patients in the country. This is the result of failing to create the required number of medical colleges and nursing schools to train sufficient numbers of doctors and nurses required for a country of our size. The policy of privatisation of medical education that has been followed by successive governments over the last three decades has worsened the situation.