D RAJA, General Secretary, CPI has issued the following statement today (on May 16, 2020)
CPI to Protest Against Modi Government for it’s Indifference to the Plight of Migrant Workers and Poor People
Since the lockdown, thousands of migrant workers are facing unprecedented hardships due to loss of livelihoods, lack of food and finance to reach their home and support their families. The government is ignoring their plight and miseries.
The Prime Minister’s announcement of Rs. 20 lakh crore package and the details given by the Finance Minister are just political rhetoric. They have nothing substantial to address the present crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Indian economy has been sick and sinking because of the disastrous neo-liberal policies being pursued by Modi government for the past six years. COVID-19 added to the crisis.
People should not be allowed to feel helpless and live in despair. Therefore, the Communist Party of India has decided to intervene and protest against the callousness of the Union government. The party has given a call for a country wide protest.
The protest will be organized on 19th May 2020 demanding measures to address the grievances of the migrant workers.
All the Party units and members will wear black flags and stripes and hold placards in areas where lockdown is effective and protest in front of labour offices and revenue offices in other places taking care to follow physical distancing with face masks and other norms.
The Demands are the following:
· Center must provide adequate funds and financial support to the state governments.
· Run more trains and buses for migrant workers with food and drinking water.
· Give Rs. 10,000/- to each worker as travel allowance.
· Do not dilute MGNREGA.
· Increase number of days of work and timely payment for all adult members of each family under MGNREGA.
· Guarantee urban employment and shelter.
· No conditionality for ration and Pension.
· Ensure and enhance pension to elderly people, widows, differently abled, etc, and other social security measures.
· No dilution of labour laws.
· The issues of rural poor, small and marginal farmers need to be adequately addressed.
The Communist Party of India appeals to the people to join the protest.