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Published: April 29, 2020 11:20:59 pm


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TO DRAW the attention of state and central governments to the plight of stranded migrant labourers stuck for over a month now, various organisations working with the underprivileged will observe a day’s fast on May 1, observed as International Labour Day and Maharashtra Day, to press for the demand to send workers back to their home states.

Calling it a fast of “gratitude, empathy and constitutional responsibility”, organisations and campaigns, including Anna Adhikaar Abhiyaan or Right to Food, Angmehanati Kashtakari Sangharsh Samiti (Pune) and others, said the fast from 6 am to 6 pm will be undertaken by representatives of at least 15 districts in Maharashtra as well as in other states.

“This action should be seen in a positive light and is not to be construed as an anti-government one,” said Chandan Kumar of Angmehanati Kashtakari Sangharsh Samiti. “It is a conscious step by citizens to make the government aware of their constitutional responsibility. It is also a way of expressing solidarity and accountability to the working class…”

Some of their demands include groceries for labourers regardless of whether they have ration cards; urgent repatriation of workers to home states; system at taluka and district-level for workers to get dues and wages; insurance coverage for workers and minimum wages for construction workers and MGNREGA workers despite lost employment, through Direct Beneficiary Transfer

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