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Rally against "anti-worker" policies

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A large number of unorganised sector workers hailing from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Assam held a demonstration under the aegis of Poorvanchal Nav Nirman Morcha on Parliament Street here on Monday protesting against "anti-worker'' policies of the Union Government.

Speaking on the occasion, Poorvanchal Nav Nirman Morcha national convenor and Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Devendra Prasad Yadav said these poor workers were being exploited as they were not united. Criticising the ban on cycle-rickshaws on the Capital's arterial roads, Mr. Yadav said it would deprive thousands of families of their source of livelihood.

"Contention baseless"

"The contention that plying of cycle rickshaws leads to traffic congestion is baseless. Instead, it is the unregulated growth of private motor vehicles and non-segregated lane for public transport that causes that traffic-related problems," said Mr. Yadav.

Memorandum

Later, Mr. Yadav handed over a memorandum of demands to the Union Minister of State for Labour Oscar Fernandes urging lifting of the ban on plying of cycle rickshaw on arterial roads, regularisation of unauthorised colonies and enactment of a law to address the social and economic problems of the unorganised sector.

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