Workers, Farmers Come Together for ‘Save India Day’, Protest Centre’s Policies -Kabir Agarwal
Protestors day recent government policies benefit the corporate sector to the detriment of workers and farmers.
New Delhi: Most Indian states saw groups of workers and farmers take to the streets on Sunday to protest against government policies which they claim benefit the corporate sector to the detriment of workers and farmers.
Their ire was directed at three recently introduced ordinances in the agriculture sector, the decision by some states to suspend or dilute labour laws, working conditions and low remuneration for sanitation workers and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers, high unemployment rates and proposed privatisation of public services.
The protest was coordinated by Left-affiliates All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and a motley group of around 200 organisations that are a part of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) which was formed after the Mandsaur farmers’ agitation of 2017. The organisations termed the protest ‘Save India Day’, ostensibly to strive to ‘save India’ from the Centre’s policies which they described as ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-worker’.
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TheWire.in, 10 August, 2020, https://thewire.in/labour/workers-farmers-save-india-day