A three day state level convention of trade union activists, farmers, a section of state government employees and other organizations concluded with a public meeting at Chaura Maidan Shimla on Monday.
The trade union activists under the banner of CITU, members of Himachal Kisan Sabha, workers from NHPC and SJVN power projects, hospitals, municipal bodies, hotels, street vendors and industrial workers among others, participated in the convention.
Addressing the public meeting state President of CITU Vijendra Mehra and General Secretary Prem Gautam blamed, “The neo-liberal and pro-capitalist policies of Narendra Modi government at the Centre for creating the crisis of unemployment, poverty, inequality and livelihood.”
They said, “The poverty and hunger are increasing due to unemployment and inflation as the prices of essential items like LPG refill, petrol, diesel and food items are increasing every day.”
The speakers also demanded minimum wage of Rs 26000, scrapping of four anti-labour codes, announcing MSP to farmers for their produce by implementing Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, making a policy for outsourced employees, withdrawal of smart meter scheme and curbing inflation etc.”
The leaders representing different organizations addressing the gathering included CITU National Secretary Dr. Kashmir Thakur, Kisan Sabha State President Kuldeep Singh Tanwar and Dr. Onkar Shad among others.