The welfare plans for workers in the unorganised sectors announced by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi here on Saturday are an eye-wash, Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] leader and legislator P.K. Gurudasan has said.

In a statement here on Sunday, Mr. Gurudasan said the UPA government had done nothing for the workers in the past five years.

At the fag end of the UPA government’s term, Ms. Gandhi proposed to set up a fund for workers’ welfare, he said.

A national level minimum wage of Rs.10,000 was a demand raised by trade unions years ago. Ms. Gandhi said steps were being taken to achieve this through an amendment to the Minimum Wages Act, he said. “But, the Parliament session ends on February 21 and the Lok Sabha elections will follow. So, where is the question of amending the Minimum Wages Act. This is nothing but hollow talk,” Mr. Gurudasan said.

Ms. Gandhi expresses concern over the crisis gripping the cashew sector. But, the Union and State governments were doing nothing to save the sector, he said. The long-standing demand of the State for a cashew board, based in Kollam, had not been met by the UPA government, he added.

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