TINSUKIA, BONGAIGAON: Along with the rest of the country, NFR Mazdoor Union (NFRMU) observed 'Black Day' on Monday to protest against Modi government's policy on economic reforms. "In a bid to encourage FDI in oil exploration, coal mining, Air India and Railways, the BJP-led government allegedly sold out almost all national wealth at a time when the country is facing COVID-19 pandemic," alleged Pulak Gogoi, central publicity secretary of NFRMU.
In a press release, NFRMU stated that such arbitrary economic policies would not be accepted. Responding to the clarion call by All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF), 52 branches under NFRMU that included Tinsukia, Lumding, Rangia, Alipurduar and Katihar divisions, observed the 'Black Day' while the AIRF carried out week-long nationwide awareness programme that culminated on Saturday, the release added.
Meanwhile, in Bongaigaon and New Bongaigaon also the 'Black Day' was observed by Railway employees by wearing black badges. Talking to media persons, Rakhal DasGupta, president of AIRF and general secretary of NFRMU, said that as the people were confined to their homes due to COVID-9 pandemic and the government was taking advantage of it by changing labour laws in favour of corporate houses.