GULBARGA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its affiliated organisations, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Workers’ Union, Akshara Dasoha Noukarara Sangha, Medical Representatives’ Association and Contract Labourers’ Association, staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Labour Commissioner’s office demanding among other things, a legislation to protect the rights of workers in the unorganised sector and supply of Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards to all poor families.
The protest was led by member of the State Secretariat of the CPI (M) Maruti Manpade and other senior leaders.
The protesters came in a procession to the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner and staged a dharna. Later, they came in a procession to Vallabhai Patel Chowk and formed a human chain.
They then marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted separate memorandums addressed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur through the Deputy Commissioner.
The CPI (M), in its memorandum, demanded the Governor to set right the anomalies in distribution of ration cards.
The memorandum demanded that BPL cards be given to poor families and food security ensured to them.
The CPI (M) also wanted Akrama Sakrama (regularisation scheme for unauthorised buildings) in the State withdrawn since, according to the party, it was a burden on the people of the State.
The memorandum submitted by the Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Workers’ Association demanded that the State Government release wages pending for gram panchayat workers for the past 15 months, and implement the directions on payment of minimum wages with effect from March 2006.
The Janasri Insurance Scheme should be extended to all gram panchayats. Gram panchayat workers should be extended benefits like leave and service book record maintenance enjoyed by employees of other government departments, the association said.