Working class called upon to continue to fight for their rights
May Day was celebrated in grand manner in Rajahmundry on Wednesday as Left parties and TDP have celebrated May Day with fervour and rallies. CPI organised celebrations at its party office in stadium road and party senior leader Chitturi Prabhakar Choudary who unveiled party flag called upon the working class to continue their struggle by memorizing the World labour Day.
CPI district secretary Meesala Satyannarayana and town secretary Ketha Appa Rao addressed the gathering and said that trade unions have greater role in these present circumstances. CPI(M) organized May Day public meeting at Syamala centre. Speaking on the occasion, Midium Babu Rao, former MP, observed that the fruits of the workers movement are not reaching the beneficiaries due to non-implementation of government policies. He pointed out that 93 per cent of work force in the country is in unorganised sector and added that they are leading a miserable life as a result of economic reforms and capitalist thinking of managements and the government.
On the other hand Telugu Desam Party also celebrated May Day at its party office in the city. Speaking on the occasion, former minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary said that TDP has been working for the welfare of working class from its inception and reminded that the party has already announced several welfare schemes for these sections. He observed that the plight of the workers worsened due to the policies of the successive Congress governments and alleged that tens and thousands of workers are becoming jobless as a result of closure of industries in lieu of acute power shortage. He lamented that there are many acts existing for the welfare of the workers, but they are not being implemented.
May Day was celebrated on a grand scale at various parts of the district on Wednesday. In the district headquarters, the labour department as well as various trade unions celebrated the event. Collector Neetu Prasad was the chief guest at the May Day celebrations organized by the labour department at the Collectorate. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Neetu said that the government promulgated various laws and Acts for the welfare of the labourers and workers and special focus was being made on rescuing the children engaged in work. She said that the trade unions were playing a crucial role in protecting the rights of the labourers and ensuring payment of gratuity and other benefits to the family members of the workers, in the event of the death of the labourer at work. She assured support from the government side to the workers in unorganized sector. Deputy Commission of Labour R. Srinivasa Rao and other officials were present.
May Day was celebrated on a grand scale by the activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its affiliated trade unions at Sundarayya Bhavan and by the Government General Hospital by the members of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU). The CPI (ML) New Democracy, Hawkers and Vendors Association too participated in the celebrations.
Additional Joint Collector RS Rajakumar on Wednesday asked managements of the industries to improve facilities for the workers whose hard work was essential for the growth of the country’s economy.. He also urged the workers to do their duty wholeheartedly for the progress of the organisations. He attended as a chief guest for the May Day celebrations in Dr.B.R.Ambedkar auditorium. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Rajakumar explained the various welfare measures being taken up by the government to imrove living standards of workers in the country.
Deputy Commissioner of Labour department M.Ramarao said that child-labour was being controlled with the support from several government offices and non governmental organizations in Srikakulam district. Srikakulam District Public Relations Officer L.Ramesh, National Academy of Constructions Assistant Director K.Chittibabu and others also participate in the meeting.
Political parties Telugu Desam, YSR Congress and Left parties organized several programmes and conducted rallies to mark the May Day celebrations. CITU leaders including its District General Secretary D.Govinda Rao expressed concern over unprecedented power cut which had led to drop in production in the industries. He said that many workers lost their jobs with the power cuts and anti-labour policies of several managements. He urged the government to protect the interests of workers.