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to do much for the victims of the so- called industrial sickness who today number thousands in this state. An independent organisation called Nazarik Mancha (citizens' forum), formed by mainly independent individuals, mostly left-oriented has collected information on the tragic plight of the victims of closure of industries. The forum's latest publication, based on its own field surveys, has revealed that, in the past four years, 60 workers of 17 locked-out factories committed suicide to seek a way out of their abysmal despair and misery Jyoti Basu, or for that matter his party, may not be faulted for the 'sickness' or the failure to 'cure ' it, particularly for the valid reason of the state government's 'limited powers'. But neither the chief minister nor the party can escape the charge of insensitivity towards the sufferings of these unfortunate workers. They have done nothing to bring them relief either from the public exchequer, or with voluntary relief collections, may be, by slashing down the relatively high life-styles of the new 'power-lings' in the government or the ruling parties. Even out and out social reformists in India and abroad have far better and more humane records.

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