Special Correspondent

Craftsmen to conduct a cycle rally on March 7 in all villages and mandals

TIRUPATI: The craftspersons and the rural artisans have decided to throw their lot behind the JAC of the Left and democratic parties which have given a call for ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme to be staged on March 19 demanding a legitimate share for the poor and marginalised sections in the State budget.

The Chittoor district unit of the Andhra Pradesh Rural Artisans Coordination Committee has said that the craftsmen would conduct a cycle rally on March 7 in all the villages and mandals of the district to sensitise their fellow-workers about the raw deal given to them by the Government in the budget and also to mobilise them for the State-wide Chalo Assembly programme.

For due share

The demonstration before the State Assembly is being called to pressurise on the Government to provide a due share in the budget to the poor and the downtrodden especially those engaged in traditional vocations like carpentry, pottery, hair-dressing, washing and dry-cleaning and so on.

Leaders of the coordination committee said that they would fight for bank loans to procure their traditional implements and secure proper healthcare and educational facilities for their wards.

For instance, they said, though it might sound trivial, the shortage and the prohibitive price of charcoal was hitting the washermen community very badly and wanted the Government to ensure charcoal supply to the community at subsidised rates.