Series of protests rock heritage city

Members of various organisations staged separate protests in the city on Wednesday. They sought fulfillment of various demands.

Members of Dalit Sangarsh Samiti staged a protest near the Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding implementation of the Justice A J Sadashiva Committee report on internal reservation during the Belagavi session.

The protesters stated that the oppressed communities have been deprived of education and social justice. They demanded internal reservation as the communites are not getting adequate political representation. They urged the state government to implement the recommendations made by the committee.

‘Regularise services’

Members of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), who gathered in front of the Labour Commissioner’s office in Kuvempunagar, staged a protest demanding a minimum wage of Rs 18,000 for employees working in the unorganised sector.

The agitators raised slogans against the government and demanded that the authorities regularise the services of the employees working on contract basis. They sought parity on the lines of regularising services of workers in Assam and Tamil Nadu. They also wanted ASHA and Anganwadi workers to be considered as government employees.

Members of the district unit of the Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association demanded that the government implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission and also urged the government to release 30% interim relief before November.

Investors stir

Similarly, the investors and agents of Pearls Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL) demanded that the government take legal action against the company and took out a protest march in the city. More than 20,000 people had invested in the Rajasthan-based company in Mysuru district and were cheated by the company, they claimed.

GST exemption

Demanding exemption of Goods and Services Tax for insurance policies, members of the All India Life Insurance Representatives Union staged a protest in the city.

The agitators alleged that GST has an adverse effect on common people. Citizens are not coming forward to get covered under the insurance policy affecting hundreds of employees. The Union government has neglected the insurance sector, they complained.

Migrants seek sites

Members of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) took out a protest march demanding sites and houses for migrant families. The agitators said that a large number of people belonging to migrant communities have settled in Ekalavyanagar near the city. The government should sanction sites to them and provide housing facilities. Nearly 1,200 people have settled in the region for more than a decade but they are deprived of housing and other basic facilities, they said.

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