Demands include withdrawal of new labour laws and amended farm and electricity bills
The labour and farmers’ unions from across the state will hold a massive protest on November 26 to support the twoday nationwide agitation against the Centre’s economic policies and the amendments to labour laws, farm bills and the electricity bill. Protesters plan to stage rasta roko agitations and make human chains.
November 26 is celebrated as Samvidhan Divas, to commemorate the adoption of the
Astatement by the Jan Andolan Sangharsh Samitee reads, “Taking advantage of the Covid outbreak, the Modi government passed anti-labour amendments without considering the opposition to it. The farm bills that were approved would destroy small farmers and encourage big corporates to take over agricultural land. Our demand is to withdraw the labour act amendments and farm bills.”
The Samitee has over 20 organisations, and labour and farmers’ unions under its ambit. The charter of demands, which was finalised during a meeting on November 21, highlights the financial impact on the working class. It includes the withdrawal of the amended electricity bill 2020 that has allegedly inflated tariffs. The amended bill proposes tariffs reflecting the actual cost or fair cost of electricity that is to be supplied, in order to ensure the financial health of distribution companies.
It further reads, “The poor families should be given a compensation of Rs 7,500 per month and 10 kg grains per person for survival. The government should stop privatisation of railways, BPCL, ports, coal and defence sectors, airports, banks and insurance companies, cancel the new pension scheme, enforce the employment guarantee scheme in urban areas, work on strengthening the public transport system, and implement the national hawkers’ policy.”
Terming it as an unprecedented strike, convenor of the committee Vishwas Utgi said it is to protect the rights of the citizens. He said, “Crores of farmers have lost their jobs during the pandemic and small businesses have shut permanently. Instead of helping the people to overcome the crisis, the Centre is misleading the country and encouraging privatisation in the public sector.” Utgi added that the Modi government has also curtailed the rights of the states.
While the All India Kisan Sabha has called for an agitation in Delhi, the farmers from neighbouring states are also expected to hold demonstrations in the national capital. A majority of labour unions – including the