'UPA-II's policies detrimental to growth of country'
Accusing the UPA-II government of increasingly working in the interest of big corporate business houses of India and international cartels, member Parliament and general secretary All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Gurudas Das Gupta said that their recent policies were undermining the national interest.Updated: Aug 04, 2013, 19:45 IST
Accusing the UPA-II government of increasingly working in the interest of big corporate business houses of India and international cartels, member Parliament and general secretary All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Gurudas Das Gupta said that their recent policies were undermining the national interest.
He was addressing the 19th state conference of AITUC at Punjabi Bhawan here on Sunday. Gupta said that the latest decisions of the Centre were enough indicators of the rightist shift in the policies detrimental to Indian growth and progress based on justice and equality.
"These decisions are against the basic spirit of the Indian Constitution, which speaks of justice and equality as its mainstay. The central government is more inclined to respond to the demands of international finance capital and multi-national corporations, while hitting the common man hard, even denying them basic amenities such as food, shelter, health and education," he said.
He added that there is an urgent need for working people to unite in strength to lead the struggle against these policies so as to meet the goal of sustainable development in the interest of all people in the country.
He said that allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail trade is a virtual sale out of small business to foreign companies and will be a big blow to more than four crore small traders, shopkeepers, marginal and poor farmers, other small producers of goods in home based and small-scale industries.
While addressing the participants national secretary, AITUC, Amarjeet Kaur said that the workers' charter of demands, includes seeking check on price rise of essential commodities, end to labour law violations, social security and pension to all workers, abolition of any ceiling on provident fund, gratuity and bonus, abolition of contract labour and regularisation of contractual workers should be fulfilled.