Kerala to organise convention against India signing RCEP

Kerala to organise convention against India signing RCEP

Agency News

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 : Kerala Government will organise a convention to mobilise public opinion against the Centre's move to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) involving 16 nations in the Asia-Oceania region.

The public convention will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Nishagandhi on October 28 at 3pm. The public convention will be attended by farmers organisations and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

The Chief Minister has said the signing of the agreement will badly affect agriculture, fisheries and small scale industries, which are the backbone of Kerala economy. The people in the country are not aware of the terms and conditions of the trade agreement, he added. The Chief Minister has urged the Centre to convene a meeting of political parties to discuss the agreement in detail.

Opposition leader Ramesh who opposed the Centre's move is expected to attend the public convention. The Government is also planning to pass a resolution against the agreement in the upcoming Assembly session and send a delegation to Delhi to meet the Union Ministers. Kerala will inform its displeasure over unilateral decisions by the Union Government ignoring the spirit of federalism. (UNI)