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P.K. Gurudasan, MLA, inaugurates a dharna staged by the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union in front of the Kollam collectorate on Monday.— Photo C. Suresh Kumar
P.K. Gurudasan, MLA, inaugurates a dharna staged by the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union in front of the Kollam collectorate on Monday.— Photo C. Suresh Kumar

Hundreds of farm workers under the banner of the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KSKTU) took out a march to the collectorate here and staged a dharna there seeking action on the various demands raised by them.

The demonstrators, a good number of them women, blocked all the three gates of the collectorate complex.

The main demands included protection of the agriculture sector, strict enforcement of the Kerala Paddy Field and Wetland Conservation Act, and the allocation of Rs.100 crore to the Kerala Agricultural Workers Welfare Fund Board for the settlement of all welfare fund dues.

The workers had been seeking a monthly pension of Rs.1,000 to all farm hands. CPI(M) Central committee member P.K. Gurudasan, MLA, inaugurated the dharna.

KSKTU district secretary D. Rajappan Nair presided over the meeting.

State secretary B. Raghavan, CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal spoke, among others, addressed the gathering.

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