‘Government not bothering about common man, working class'
“The nationwide strike on February 28, called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU), is not merely to get the demands of workers fulfilled but also a struggle against the pro-capitalist policies of the Government,” said Arvind Malebennur, leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI).
Speaking after inaugurating an interaction programme, organised by the district unit of the JCTU as a prelude to the strike here on Sunday, Mr. Malebennur said that going by the style of functioning of the Union Government, it was evident that only the capitalists were calling the shots and getting economic policies that suited their needs framed. “Contract labour system, despite stiff opposition, has come to stay. The disinvestment of profit-making public sector undertakings, allowing foreign direct investment in retail trade, among others, clearly indicate that the Centre is pursuing pro-capitalist policies and not bothering about the common man and the working class,” he said.
“Spiralling prices of essential commodities is not due to shortage but due to the control over market by a few, and favouritism being shown to vested interests,” he said. He criticised the Union Government for its failure to control various scams, including the 2G spectrum scam.
H.D. Prashant, Associate Professor, Department of Development Studies, Kannada University, Hampi, expressed concern over the Governments presenting pro-capitalist budgets, extending huge rebates and subsidies to capitalists, and not initiating steps for the welfare of the poor.
“About Rs. 250-crore worth tax rebates and subsidies are being offered. In contrast, basic amenities are lacking at all levels. Services in hospitals are poor. Many educational institutions are short of teachers since several vacant posts remain unfilled for years. The Government is keen on allotting public funds to religious institutions” he alleged.
Mr. Prashant said that development was the right of the people and not a charity.
B. Seshadri, economist and member of the Implementation Committee to Redress Regional Imbalance, was of the view that all trade unions coming together to launch a fight was essential to bring in qualitative change.
T.G. Vittal of the LIC Employees Union presided.
‘Many educational institutions are facing shortage of teachers for several years' Development is the right of the people, not a charity: professor
‘Many educational institutions are facing shortage of teachers for several years'
Development is the right of the people, not
a charity: professor