CITU holds day long convention

Srinagar: Stating that the frequent amendments to la-bour laws have sofar armed the employers further, State President Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said these amendments have deprived the working class who need coordinated efforts and a united resistance to sa-feguard their own interests across the country especial-ly in Jammu and Kashmir.

While addressing a day long convention of CITU held in Srinagar, Tarigami expressed serious concern over the plight of the working class who are adversely hit by the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the Central Government. These policies, he observed, are drasti-cally affecting the workforce especially working in the unorganized sector across the country including Jam-mu and Kashmir virtually reducing them to the status of bonded labour.

Censuring the central government for curtailing the al-locations for various centrally sponsored schemes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Na-tional Health Mission (NHM), Sarva Shiksha Abhyan (SSA) and Mid Day Meal (MDM), Tarigami said these centrally sponsored schemes have been in vogue for the last over a decade and now have been arbitrary di-luted much to disadvantage of the families of working class.

Tarigami said most of families of unorganized sector workers, agricultural workers or small and marginal peasants are the beneficiaries of these centrally spon-sored schemes and slashing their budgetary allocations have directly hit these families the worst.

The CITU president observed that instead of increasing the allocations for these schemes, the union govern-ment has adopted deceptive ploy of announcement of social security scheme just to hoodwink the unorga-nised sector. These social security schemes, he said, are all self contributory without any financial support from the central government.

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