Sangh arm BMS calls for march to Par­lia­ment on Nov 17

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NEW DELHI: Rss-backed Bharatiya Maz­door Sangh (BMS) said on Tues­day that it is or­gan­is­ing a march to Par­lia­ment on Fri­day to press for its de­mands in­clud­ing ‘equal pay for equal work’ across sec­tors.

It said the pur­pose of this mas­sive pro­gramme is to mount pres­sure on the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to change its per­cep­tion and ap­proaches to­wards work­ers and the is­sues fac­ing them.

“All the 44 all In­dia fed­er­a­tions of BMS will sub­mit their Char­ter of De­mands be­sides Cen­tral de­mands to Fi­nance Min­istry Arun Jait­ley,” the BMS said in a state­ment.

It said BMS is go­ing to or­gan­ise a huge rally on Novem­ber 17 at New Delhi where lakhs of ac­tivists from all the states in­clud­ing far dis­tant ar­eas like Ma­nipur, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Ker­ala and An­daman will par­tic­i­pate.

A siz­able num­ber of women ac­tivists will also par­tic­i­pate, it said, adding that the march will have a com­bi­na­tion of var­i­ous sec­tors -- or­gan­ised, un­or­gan­ised, pri­vate and gov­ern­ment.

The main de­mands in­cludes re­solv­ing long pend­ing is­sues of Aan­gan­wadi work­ers and other schemes for work­ers as well as im­ple­men­ta­tion of equal wages for equal work in all sec­tors.

They also cover end­ing all forms of con­tract labour and to pro­vide them pen­sion and other so­cial se­cu­rity ben­e­fits in­clud­ing med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

Be­sides, they want 200 days jobs to MGNAREGA Work­ers.

The BMS also wants gov­ern­ment to stop cur­tail­ing work­ers rights in the name of Labour Law re­forms and im­ple­men­ta­tion of min­i­mum wages in all types of in­dus­tries/es­tab­lish­ments at all lev­els, In­creas­ing funds to Un­or­gan­ised Sec­tor Work­ers wel­fare Fund.

The char­ter of de­mands will be sub­mit­ted to Jait­ley, who is the Chair­man of In­ter Min­is­te­rial coun­cil formed by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to look into the worker is­sues. NEW DELHI: While ad­dress­ing cur­tain raiser event on up­com­ing Aadi Ma­hot­sav, Tribal Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Leena Nair said that over 480 tribal ar­ti­sans from over 25 states would par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val.

“A spe­cial fea­ture of the fes­ti­val is Tribal In­dia cui­sine, recre­ated and pre­sented in de­lec­ta­ble forms to suit ur­ban tastes by spe­cial tribal chefs. Also, tribal mu­sic and dance would be show­cased at the venue every evening as nearly 250 artists from 20 states are ex­pected to per­form dur­ing the fes­ti­val,” the sec­re­tary said.

Nair fur­ther added that the fes­ti­val would be or­gan­ised at Dilli Haat in New Delhi from Novem­ber 16 to Novem­ber 30. The fes­ti­val would be in­au­gu­rated by Vice Pres­i­dent M Venka­iah Naidu on Thurs­day, while Tribal Min­is­ter Jual Oram, along with his ju­nior coun­ter­parts, would pre­side over the in­au­gu­ral func­tion.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Tribal Co­op­er­a­tive Mar­ket­ing De­vel­op­ment Fed­er­a­tion Ltd (TRIFED) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pravir Kr­ishna said, “The fes­ti­val would fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion­cum-sale of tribal hand­i­crafts, art, paint­ings, fab­ric, jew­ellery and much more through 160 stalls.”

In line with the na­tional as­pi­ra­tion to go cash­less, for the first time the tribal mer­chan­dise stalls would be ac­cept­ing pay­ment through ma­jor credit/ debit cards, Kr­ishna said.

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