The Background, New Delhi: The CPIM has released its Election Manifesto. Releasing it at the AKG Bhavan, the Party’s General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has said, “There should be clear provisions and judicial supervision of any surveillance that violates citizens privacy. Enact data privacy laws that protect the people against appropriation/misuse of users private data for commercial use.”
He said the party would curb monopoly of some telecom majors. The party also proposed statutory minimum wage of not less than Rs 18,000 per month, universal Public Distribution System with 35 kg of food grains per family, rise in taxes of rich, restoration of inheritance tax and old age pension of Rs 6,000 per month.
It also batted for enabling senior citizens to live with dignity by immediately establishing a public-funded, universal and non-contributory Old Age Pension System with a minimum amount of monthly pension not less than 50 per cent of minimum wage or Rs 6,000 per month, whichever is higher, as an individual entitlement for all citizens of India except income tax payees or those receiving higher pension from any other source.