HYDERABAD: The All India Agriculture Workers’ Union (AIAWU) has threatened to launch a ‘massive militant action’ if the Central government failed to announce village-oriented policies to provide social security to farm labour, workers and other poorer sections.
The CPI(M)-affiliated union has decided to take out jathas highlighting the problems of farm labour and poor from Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab, Erode in Tamil Nadu and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on November 15. The jathas will cover 15 States before culminating into a public meeting in Hyderabad on December 2 when the AIAWU will announce its future course of action.
Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, senior CPI (M) leaders and leaders of like-minded political parties will address the public meeting that will be followed by submission of detailed comprehensive memorandum to the Centre. “We will set a timeframe for the Centre to come out with policies addressing these sections and will block the functioning of the Government if it fails to announce an action plan,” AIAWU general secretary A. Vijayaraghavan said.
Speaking to journalists here on Sunday, Mr. Vijayaraghavan said there was a need for comprehensive policies to tackle the problems facing farm labour and other sections, but the governments were giving “cosmetic touches.” In addition, there was “systematic dismantling” of the public distribution system denying food security to BPL families.
He expressed concern that the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was not being implemented in a majority of the States while the scheme was full of loopholes in the areas where it was being implemented.