Centre depriving mid day meals workers of their rights: AITUC leader

Centre depriving mid day meals workers of their rights: AITUC leader

Amarjeet Kaur, the national secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), accused the Modi government of attempting to break up trade unions on the lines of caste and religion.

She was speaking after inaugurating the first national conference of the All India Federation of Mid-Day Meals Workers at the town hall in Tumakuru.

“The Modi government is misleading the people. It is making plans to loot the nation while everybody’s attention is diverted towards communal issues. Scrapping the limit on donations to political parties is an example of this tactic. By terming workers’ struggles for demanding their rights anti-national, the government is snatching away the workers’ rights,” she said.

The government is cheating mid-day meals workers. They work hard to provide mid-day meals. However, when they demand their rights and better facilities, they are termed volunteers. The workers do not need the volunteer tag. They should be considered workers and provided with all facilities. We are not asking for charity, but for basic rights and facilities such as pension, ESI and social security, she said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is claiming that GST will unite the nation. However, unity can only be achieved in the true sense when workers are given security, facilities and jobs, Kaur said.

CPI state council secretary P V Lokesh said that the country can be lead by mid-day meals workers who are providing nutritious food to 12 crore children in the country. Their role in empowering the working class of the future is of utmost importance, he said.

AITUC state committee president H K Ramachandrappa, leaders B V Vijyalakshmi, H V Anananthasubba Rao, D A Vijayabhaskar, N Shivanna and others were present.

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