Road blockade held in nine places in the district; 25,000 agitators arrested
ERODE: Members of various trade unions blocked traffic in different parts of the district on Friday urging the Central and State Governments to check the spiralling prices of essential commodities.
The Central government announcement in the Union budget to hike the prices of the petroleum products would further increase the prices of food items, medicines and other essential commodities in the country, they said while pointing out that the sharp rise in the prices had already affected common people.
The governments had failed to control the prices of the essential commodities, members alleged and demanded immediate measures to strengthen the public distribution system (PDS). Eligible people should be covered under the PDS. The Central government should also ban the online trading of food grains and edible oil, which was the main reason for the increase in prices, they said.
Members urged the Central government to protect the interests of the workers in the country. Stern action should be initiated against those who were found violating the labour laws. While extending financial assistance to the sick units, the government should direct the managements to ensure the welfare of the employees working in those units, they said.
Members also opposed the government's move to sell the shares of public sector undertakings in order to manage the fiscal deficit.
They staged road blockades in nine places in the district. Police arrested over 2,500 agitators.