From Our Correspondent
Silchar, May 30: The Cachar District Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), observed its 46th Foundation Day in its Central Road office premises here today. The foundation day has been celebrated all over the country, sources said. As a part of the program, flags were hosted in the CITU office premises. The District Committee held a protest rally followed by a demonstration in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner of Cachar.
Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, through the Deputy Commissioner, against the anti labour and anti farmer measures taken by the Central Government in the last one year. The memorandum was received by M K Das, ADC, on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner. Hundreds of workers walked in a procession from the CITU district office to the Deputy Commissioner’s office here demanding curbs on escalating prices and withdrawing the land acquisition Bill; payment of Rs.15,000 as minimum wage per month and opposing amendments to labour laws.
Addressing the members, CITU district general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharjee said that the Union Government is portraying that the country will become a super power. But, many of the promises, including bringing back black money, have remained unfulfilled. Speaking on the occasion, CITU Assam state secretary, Bijan Das said that the NDA Government has made life miserable for the common man. It has been diluting various labour laws that had offered protection to the working class, he said.
The Central Government has introduced drastic cuts on social sector expenditure in fund allocation schemes like ICDS, NRHM, MGNERAGA and other such schemes with a motive to filly do away with pro-people schemes, Bijan Das added. The CITU also raised its voice against the privatization of the government-owned corporations, known as Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India as it will lead to further increase of unemployment in the country. They demanded withdrawal of all such steps taken against the interests of the common people immediately else they would launch a massive democratic movement against the ruling dispensation.