Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will launch an agitation from April 22 against the “anti-labour” policies of the State Government and its “failure” to supply rice at Rs. 2 a kg.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, CITU State secretary K. Mahantesh said that the budget presented by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was against the interests of the working class.

Minimum wage

He said although the Labour Minister had stated that there were three crore workers in the unorganised sector and was pressing for a minimum wage of Rs. 150 a day for them and Rs. 62 crore for the welfare fund for the workers, the proposals had been ignored.

Though the Chief Minister had promised to supply rice at Rs. 2 a kg, no step had been taken to fulfil it, he said.

The Chief Minister had increased VAT to 13.5 per cent which would further increase the prices of essential commodities in the State, Mr. Mahantesh said.