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Unorganised workers stage protest

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AGAINST BILL: Unorganised workers taking out a procession in Gulbarga on Wednesday.

GULBARGA: Workers employed in the unorganised sector on Wednesday staged a rally here against the failure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to include clauses protecting their basic interests in the proposed Unorganised Workers’ Protection Bill, which has been approved by the Cabinet.

The workers took out a procession under the banner of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and picketed the office of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat before submitting a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to zilla panchayat officials.

The CITU in its memorandum pointed out that it was unfortunate that the UPA Government after holding out promises to those employed in the unorganised sector had now come out with an incomplete and inadequate Bill, which would not improve their present status.

The memorandum said that 93 per cent of the workforce were in the unorganised sector and their contribution to national wealth was 65 per cent, while no attempt had been made to protect their interests.

The memorandum also asked the Government to release honorarium due from the State and Union governments to anganwadi workers for April, May, June and July immediately, and give up all moves to privatise the midday meal scheme.

In another memorandum submitted to the Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, the Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Noukarara Sangha, which also participated in the rally, demanded that the minimum wage payable should be given to daily wage workers along with a payment of Rs. 130 as dearness allowance as decided earlier.

Integrated law sought

Raichur Staff Correspondent writes:

Members of the Raichur district unit of the Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers’ Association and the Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Employees’ Association staged a dharna here on Wednesday urging the Union Government to take steps to formulate an integrated law that protects the interests of the unorganised sector in the country.

About 200 activists, led by J.M. Chennabasaaiah, president of the district unit of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, went in a procession from the Mahila Samaj and reached the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

They staged a dharna for about an hour, and submitted a memorandum to the district administration, urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to provide social security to unorganised workers.

In the memorandum, they said that majority of the workers had been categorised as unorganised. But so far, no government at the Centre had been proactive in formulating a law which protects their interests.

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