PUCL Bulletin, February 2003

PUCL State Conference

At its daylong state conference held here on Sunday, the UP People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) passed a resolution, expressing serious concern on the fast erosion taking place in the democratic, political, and economic right of the people since the country came under the umbrella of globalisation and liberalisation, informed PUCL's newly elected general secretary, KK Roy.

As a result, said the PUCL, India has fallen into the debt-trap of the World bank and the International Monetary Fund with disastrous consequences for the country's economic and political sovereignty.

The PUCL's state conference was inaugurated by former High Court Judge, Justice R.B. Mehrotra, and chaired by PUCL's president, Ravi Kiran Jain. Nearly 100 delegates from the PUCL's district units from all over UP attended the conference and participated in its deliberations, besides presenting reports about the initiative taken by them in the respective areas for protection of civil liberties and human rights. The PUCL's annual report was presented by the outgoing general secretary, O.D. Singh, while the conference was conducted by Mr. K.K. Roy.

The State, the PUCL said in its resolution, was in retreat everywhere. It is abandoning its Constitutional, social, political, educational, and cultural obligations towards the people, and the power is been transferred the political class of the country to the multinationals. There seems to be a consensus among all the political parties to surrender India's sovereignty, both economic and political, to the World Bank by the dividing among themselves the vote-banks on the caste and communal lines. The job of deciding how the country should be governed and also the job of evaluating our achievements, which are meant to be done by people's elected representatives, are now being done by the World Bank, said the PUCL. In return of the loans which it has advanced to India, it wants to determine how India should govern itself. The World Bank is setting the agenda for India in all spheres of governance, be it health, be it education, be it the art of governance, be it the judicial administration, be it the print media, be it the power generation, and distribution, or be it the local self-governance in urban and rural areas.

Thus, in the emerging scenario, India's basic problem, poverty, affecting the majority of the people, remains unadressed, thereby affecting seriously their human rights and thereby depriving them of their Constitutional and democratic right to live a dignified life. As it in, the incidents of human right violations as a result of autocratic police repression, fake encounters, and custodial deaths have been on the increase, and particularly in UP, the number of human right violations has been the largest of all the states, because of the reason that the police and the bureaucracy is tending to become autocratic, the PUCL said.
The PUCL expressed its concern over the fact that instead of tackling the problems of basic education, poverty, diseases, malnutrition and unemployment, superior technology is being allowed to be thrust upon India from abroad to merely create technocrats to serve the interests of the multinationals in India.

The PUCL resolved to create mass awareness among the people by launching the nationwide struggle for an effective decentralization of democratic governance and against the deprivation of the people of an opportunity to emerge by assertion and fulfillment of their human rights under the Indian Constitution. Towards this, the PUCL will hunch a movement in order to ensure people's participation in a new struggle for economic independence and for liberation from the World Bank's domination, threatening the very sovereignty. The PUCL called upon the human right activists in the under-developed and developing countries to join the struggle of the PUCL in this direction for the benefit of the billions of poor and deprived people whose future is in the dark in the emerging scenario. -- K.K. Roy, General Secretary, UP PUCL, December 16, 2002

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