New Delhi, Jan 29 (UNI) The BJP today favoured empowering the unorganised labour by fixing minimum wages, recognising their right to sustain in an extremely hostile atmosphere propelled by the high growth without creating additional employment generation. Giving his presentation at the BJP National Council senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the argument against fixing minumum wages for the unorganised labour was always that the country did not have enough money. The amount of money that was required to implement the Pay Commission report would be in the order of Rs 120,000 lakhs. If the country could afford this high amount on the welfare of a small section of protected class, it should find resources for the unorganised sector especially in the rural sector, he argued.
Mr Joshi stated that the wedge between the poor and rich in the country was widening and the country could ill afford to live in such a hostile atmoshere where about 80 families were cornering the fruits of growth and the poor were destined to become poorer.
''Unless we link our economy with agriculture, the disparity between the urban and rural areas would continue and the question should be asked whether the country should pursue high growth rate without employment generation?'' he said.
The BJP leader said it would be in the interest of the country to have richness distributed among its people than allow the wealth to be concentrated in a few hands. ''Can anybody think of the consequences if the disgusted majority joined hands with Maoist forces like in Nepal.'' UNI MCN KAS JT HS1722