FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 12 `100 crore business is new buzz word 10 MASS ORGANISATIONS LAY SIEGE TO RDO OFFICE Stress on evolving alternative economic policies Leaders of Mass organisations point out the economic policies in vogue in the country since 1991 broke the back of the farmers ERRANAGU MOGULAIAH Vikarabad: A jail bharo programme was held here on Thursday to highlight the failure of economic policies of state and central governments by activists and leaders of several Mass organisations and Trade unions. They staged a rasta roko and laid siege to the RDO office to highlight their demands. The demonstrators were arrested and whisked to the Vikarabad police station. Activists of CITU, agriculture workers, BLF, CIKVPS, T-MASS BC wing and BC welfare associations took part in the protest programme. Leaders of the Mass organisations pointed out that the economic policies in vogue in the country since 1991 broke the back of the farmers. The policies helped the rich become the richer. In fact, 71 per cent of the wealth created during 2014-17 was cornered by the rich, who constitute 25 per cent of the population. The condition of the farmer has been worsening if the revolt of farmers against the BJP government in MP was any indication, they said. The affected farmers, agricultural workers .and coolies joined hands as they were at the receiving hand of the government policies, they said. Only two parties are coming to the power the center in turns since 1991 with an exception of the period 1996—98. There was no let up in farmers’ suicides, starvation deaths of the agricultural workers. Factories declaring lock-outs and retrenching of industrial workers is going on unhindered, they lamented. The government on one hand is not ﬁlling MIMS management asked to pay `2 crore ﬁne 02 vacancies in government departments and on the other, amending the labour laws without any rhyme or reason. Workers in the unorganized sector, who constituted 93 per cent of the work force, have been leading a miserable life. Governments come and go but the policies remained unchanged, they pointed out. The leaders called upon workers to resist the attempts by the Modi government to water down the NREGA. The demonstrators demanded ﬁrm implementation of the public distribution system to enable the workers in organized sector would be able to buy the essential commodities. . They stressed on preventing the public sector and banking and insurance sector from passing into the hands of the Ambanis and Adanis. Call for greater coordination to implement Kanti Velugu 04 The policies being pursued by the TRS government are helpful to overseas investors rather than beneﬁcial to the farmers and workers. The Rythu Bandhu scheme, tipped to be KCR’s passport to get re-elected in 2019, is not applicable to tenant farmers, podu farmers and those cultivating the assigned lands. The scheme is useful to the rich farmers alone. The wage dues to NREGS workers ran into several lakhs in the state, they said expressing anguish over governments not making attempts to bring out a comprehensive legislation that benefits the agricultural workers. The education and health sectors are in the grip of the corporate sector and sucking the blood of the poor, they said appealing to industrial and agricultural workers to ﬁght for evolving alternative economic policies. Pipeline works come to a halt 05
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