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Mah CPI morcha at State Assembly on March 20

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 16 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (CPI) will stage a demonstration at the State Assembly on March 20 to press for the demands of workers in the unorganised sector.

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan will lead the morcha, to be taken out from August Kranti Maidan to Azad Maidan here.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mumbai CPI secretary Prakash Reddy and other leaders criticised the Congress-NCP Government in the State for being ''anti-worker'' and blamed it for continuing the previous NDA Government's ''wrong'' policies, due to which more than 1,000 farmers committed suicide in the last few years.

They said the morcha was being taken out for demanding the cancellation of farmers' debt and to support demands like providing them cheap credit, provision of need-based wages and social security for the unorganised workers, right to housing for slum and chawl-dwellers and legal status for street hawkers.

The CPI leaders blamed the State and Central Governments for ignoring the interests of the unorganised workers to attract foreign investment.

While the Centre had scaled down the non-performing assets (NPAs) in the form of loans advanced by nationalised banks to big industrial houses from Rs two lakh crore to just Rs 0.75 lakh crores, consumer goods were available now at zero per cent interest and farm loans were still being given at an exhorbitant rate of 18 per cent interest in some cases.

They also blamed the UPA and the previous NDA Governments for the continuing power shortage in the State. Opposing the ''relentless drive to bulldoze'' hutments in Mumbai and other places, they demanded adequate housing and rehabilitation policy in this regard.

The Left leaders claimed that attempts were being made to ''separate'' Mumbai from Maharashtra and to ''handover'' this city to black moneybags.they said the commercial capital of India was being developed into an international commercial centre based on the blue-print prepared by the multi-national companies (MNCs), the World Bank and the IMF and alleged that they were being supported by jointly by the Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena combines.


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