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CITU to step up momentum of anti-Centre agitation

Press Trust of India  |  Puri (Odisha) 

Accusing the of surrendering India's sovereignty to "imperialist" US, today announced plan to intensify the stir against policies that led to "growing unemployment, inflation, economic chaos and communal propaganda".

Speaking on the opening day of Centre of Indian Trade Unions' (CITU's) 15th All Conference here, senior leaders voiced concern over the impact of economic slowdown on different sectors and called upon the working class to give momentum to their struggle.

In his address, the Union's president A K Padmanabhan claimed that the domination of "imperialist" America over developing countries like is increasing and rights of the working class are being snatched away due to neo-liberal policies.

In India, the BJP-led government has accepted the conditions laid down by the United States, surrendering the country's sovereignty and as a result the onslaught on the working class has increased manifold, the leader alleged.

The hard-earned earnings and resources of 99 per cent of the world's population remain accumulated with just one per cent people, he said.

Hitting out at Modi government, Padmanabhan claimed that the Centre has slashed funds for different social welfare programmes in the country jeopardising the interests of the poor and downtrodden.

Similarly, despite BJP's promise of providing employment to two crore people per year, only 1.5 lakh jobs have been provided so far, he claimed, adding that policies of the government have led to a crisis in the country.

The anger of the people in general and the labour class in particular against the policies and programmes of the was reflected in success of the "Bharat Bandh" observed on September 2, he said.

general secretary and MP Tapan Sen alleged that corporate houses are getting all favours and benefits during the Modi regime while financial burdens are being imposed on the common people whose miseries have grown manifold.

Despite BJP's claims about empowering women, atrocities on them have increased in the country, he said and alleged that an atmosphere of intolerance has been created in the country by strengthening communal forces and destroying democratic institutions.

The five-day meet is slated to conclude on November 30 with the address by the World Federation of Trade Union representative, Divanilton Pereira, a CITU leader said.

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 22:42 IST