Communist Party of India workers on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to protest against “anti-people” policies of the Union and State governments.

They took out a procession from the party office to the venue shouting slogans against the Union Government for its “failure” to control rising prices of essential commodities including petrol, diesel and LPG.

They demanded that the government provide allowance to the unemployed, improve facilities in government hospitals, fill all vacant posts in various departments, increase the upper limit of income for below poverty line (BPL) families from the present Rs. 11,800 to Rs. 50,000 a year, restore trade union rights to workers in Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, initiate measures to ensure communal harmony in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts and ensure regular power supply.

The party’s State Committee member B.K. Krishnappa alleged that elected representatives were more interested in increasing their salary than improving the standard of living of the poor.

Secretary of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district unit of the party P. Sanjiv, vice-president of All India Trade Union Congress B. Vishwanth Nayak and district unit joint secretary S. Chandappa Anchan were among those who took part in the demonstration.

The party has decided to hold similar demonstrations in Udupi on September 3, Bantwal on September 4 and Kadaba on September 7.

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