Rallies, meetings mark May Day celebrations

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Workers losing livelihood due to power crisis: IFTU leader

CPI (M) and CITU activists taking out a rally as part of the May Day celebrations in Khammam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO
CPI (M) and CITU activists taking out a rally as part of the May Day celebrations in Khammam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Speakers at a meeting held on the occasion of May Day here on Wednesday came down heavily on the State government accusing it of being responsible for the current power crisis and its adverse fallout on the functioning of small scale industries and livelihood of scores of hapless workers.

Workers owing allegiance to the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) division committee took out a huge rally from the industrial area to bypass road here to mark the occasion. The rally culminated in a roadside meeting. Addressing the meeting, the IFTU division committee president G. Ramaiah alleged that scores of workers had lost their jobs and thousands others were on the verge of losing livelihood due to the cascading effect of power crisis on the industries mainly the small and medium units.

The toiling masses should actively participate in mass movements to bring pressure on the government to improve the power supply situation and set up a steel plant in Bayyaram in the district, he said.

CPI (ML-New Democracy) district leader Avula Venkateswarlu and others spoke.

Rallies and meetings were organised under the aegis of the trade unions affiliated to the CPI (M), the CPI, and other parties in connection with the May Day.

Meanwhile, Minister for Horticulture R Venkat Reddy disbursed compensation to families of those workers who died in accidents, at a meeting organised by the Labour Department at the Varthaka Sangha Bhavanam here. Collector Siddharth Jain and others were present. The Minister handed over bicycles sponsored by Rajiv Vidya Mission to as many as 69 minority girl students on the occasion.



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