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Seeking their due: Women participating in the CPI(M) protest programme at the Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada on Wednesday. —
Seeking their due: Women participating in the CPI(M) protest programme at the Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

Pickets Sub-Collector’s office, seeks substantial allocations to all sections

Welfare sector has not been accorded priority in the budget

Activists of nearly 28 organisations participate

VIJAYAWADA: Taking forward their struggle to mount pressure on the State Government to make substantial allocations in budget to all sections of the society, CPI (M) and its frontal organisations picketed Sub-Collector’s office on Wednesday.

Nearly 28 organisations, including the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi (KVPS), the Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham, the Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham, the Pattana Pedala Sangham (PPS) and the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), stormed the Sub-Collector’s office around 9 a.m.

CPI (M) leaders said that the protest was aimed at exerting pressure on the Government to take steps to change its priorities in budgetary allocations to ensure that welfare and other sectors got their due. Alleging that the Government had made meagre allocations to backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and women, they maintained that welfare sector had not been accorded priority in the budget even though it had an outlay of Rs. 1 lakh crores.

CPI (M) Krishna district secretary V. Umamaheswara Rao said his party would picket the offices of Tahsildars and call for a general strike and State bandh if the Government did not heed to their demands.

AIDWA, KVPS and other organisations demanded that allocations be made to various sections of the society on the basis of share in population. The PPS wanted the Government to allocate at least 40 per cent of the allocations for urban and slum development.

Unorganised sector

CITU leaders wanted the Government to make substantial allocations to unorganised sector in the budget. They also demanded the Government to announce a policy for the unorganised sector. Comprehensive policy for construction workers and mutha workers were some of the other demands.

The CPI (M) mobilised people from Nidamanu demanding distribution of Qazi lands at Nidamanuru. Party city secretary R. Raghu, floor leader in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) general body Ch. Babu Rao and others spoke.

They stormed into the Sub-Collector’s office around 1 p.m. and raised slogans. The police, however, did not arrest anyone.


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