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‘Sort out sand issue within two weeks or face stir in Amaravati’

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Ready for any sacrifice for the cause of construction workers: Pawan

Jana Sena Party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan on Sunday made it clear to the YSR Congress Party government that he would undertake a march on the streets of Amaravati if it failed to come out with a solution to the problem of construction workers within two weeks.

Addressing a public meeting on Old Jail Road here after undertaking a ‘long march,’ Mr. Pawan Kalyan made a scathing attack on the Jagan Mohan Reddy government for depriving construction workers of their livelihood with its ‘faulty policy’ on sand mining.

He alleged that the government, with the sole objective of showing the previous government in a bad light, was neglecting the welfare of workers. The YSRCP government was free to rectify the mistakes, if any, in the sand policy of the Telugu Desam government but should not deprive the workers of their livelihood.

‘Pay compensation’

He demanded a payment of ₹50,000 to each worker for the loss of livelihood in the last five months and ₹5 lakh to the family of each of the 36 workers who had committed suicide.

“The elected representatives need not pay from their pockets as there is ₹12,000 crore in the Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund,” he said.

Mr. Pawan Kalyan said the participation of thousands of people in the ‘long march’ was an indication that the State government was ‘not working.’

“If we can’t save construction workers, not only construction but all allied services will be affected. They (workers) are only seeking work but you are not able to provide it,” he said.

People had given an overwhelming mandate to the YSRCP but the latter failed to live up to their expectations, he added.

Referring to the oft-repeated statements of YSRCP leaders that the government should be given time to function, he said: “The problem is being ignored by the government and I am ready for any sacrifice for the cause of the workers.”

TDP leaders and former Ministers Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu and K. Atchannaidu, Lok Satta Party (LSP) leader Beesetty Babji, JSP Razole MLA Vara Prasad, and JSP leaders Nadendla Manohar and K. Nagababu spoke.

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