Mangaluru, May 27, 2015: Addressing protesters, CITU District President Balakrishna Shetty alleginged that the central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is following anti-labour and anti-farmer policy, members of CITU Mangaluru Committee staged a protest and burnt an effigy in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on May 26, Tuesday.
He thundered that the Centre is following anti-labour policies and thereby helping the corporate sectors. The "Acche Din" promised by PM Modi has benefited only the rich and influential and not the poor.
Launching an acid attack against the PM for failing to fulfil promises like bringing back black money stashed away in foreign countries, he said prime minister was protecting corporates and safeguarding their money.
He stated that PM Modi will not get back the black money from foreign banks as BJP government is sponsored by big industrialists. Adding that the BJP government was acting against the interests of weaker sections of society.
Inspite of slash in price of petroleum products in international market, the Centre has failed to reduce price in India by increasing excise duty on diesel and petrol. The amendment to land acquisition bill will have an impact on food security of the country.
The Centre is conspiring to scrap EPF and ESI facilities for labourers, which will have an adverse effect on labour class. The government has planned to invest Rs 6,000 crore belonging to labourers under PF in the share market, which needs to be opposed at any cost, he said.
The protesters said BJP government has reduced fund for anganwadi and mid-day meal schemes. The funds earmarked under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarntee Scheme (MGNREGS) has been reduced drastically. The government is also planning to pass a bill which will have an impact on the lives of beedi workers, they added.
CITU Mangaluru Nagara Samithi General Secretary Sunil Kumar Bajal said the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 transporters have raised a voice of dissent against the proposed Bill. The Bill has been prepared without assessing the ground realities. In the name of road safety, the BJP government is trying to privatise the entire transport system by handing it over to the corporate sector.