Vol. 20, No. 03

Construction Workers Struggle Against Demonetization

On 9th January the Construction workers of Puducherry organized massive protest in front of Labour Commissioner’s office under the banner of AICWF demanding relief of Rs. 5000 to every construction worker from the Puducherry Construction workers welfare board. The other demands of the workers were: Budgetary allocation of 3% to all state construction workers welfare boards by Central government in the forthcoming budget session; Pension of Rs.7,500/- to all eligible construction workers ; Immediate release from Puducherry government of Rs.30 Crores to the Puducherry Building and other construction workers welfare board in order to give relief to the workers who were affected by the recent demonetization drive unleashed by the Modi government. The workers also demanded to withdraw the amendments in leave period assistance Fund rules which grossly affected the workers during rainy seasons. A memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister through the Member secretary of the board. The protest was led by P. Murugan, National Working Committee Member of...

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AICCTU Protests Against Factory Closures

On 13th December the workers of a closed factory, DXN Herbal Manufacturing India (P) Ltd., a manufacturer of food supplements, took out a protest. The management retrenched the entire work force in 2013 without paying the terminal dues. An Industrial dispute was pending before the labour Court. Now the erstwhile management reopened the factory with a new name. On hearing the news of reopening the retrenched workers stormed into the gates of the factory and protested. AICCTU has filed a complaint against the management about the unfair Labour practice of the management. The Labour Commissioner who also is the Chief Inspector of factories seized the matter after a detailed enquiry for weeks issued a notice for cancellation of Factory License. After AICCTU’s continued pressure the Jt. Chief Inspector of Factories issued order on 6th January 2017 to disconnect power supply to factory. On 19th December the workers of the closed factory Transmedica India Ltd. organised a protest in front of IDBI, Puducherry Branch. The management of Transmedica closed its two units in Puducherry some thirteen years back. A case was filed in the High Court of Madras for recovery of workers’ dues from the factories management. Meanwhile the IDBI auctioned the moveable and immovable properties of Transmedica India Ltd at Puducherry locations under SARFASE ACT and realized the loan money granted to the company, but the bank management failed...

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Puducherry Diary: Against Eviction of Street Vendors

As soon as Kiran Bedi assumed office of the Lt. Governor of Puducherry she issued orders for eviction of street vendors in Puducherry and Karaikal towns in the name of beautification which if fact meant to further expand ‘only elite’ urban spaces in the union territory. This decision has invoked much resentment among street vendors and other small business communities. In solidarity with agitating street vendors the AICCTU took out a demonstration on 23rd June 2016. The protest emphasised on the point that the street vendors are not the encroachers in a city, instead Big shops and Mall owned by riches are the real encroachers. The demonstration was held in the main thoroughfares of the town and led by the State AICCTU secretary S. Purushothaman, Clifton D’ Rozario, Karnataka General Secretary AICCTU, and S. Balasubramanian, National VP of AICCTU. The other main demands raised in the protest were: to sanction Rs.10,000/- to all rain and flood affected street vendors in the last year’s heavy rains and waiver of loans; to upgrade unorganized workers welfare society to Welfare Board; Implement Right to Education Act to benefit all street vendors and closed industries’ workers; Implement Rs. 7500/- as pension to unorganized workers; Allocation of 1% welfare fund to street vendors the Municipalities budget; Free power upto 100 units to all street vendors; Drop the proposal of ‘No vendors Zone’ in the...

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Murder of a Girl Student in Vaishali

CPI(ML) central committee member and National General Secretary of AIPWA, Com. Meena Tiwari strongly condemned the brutal murder of a class ten student of Rajkiya Ambedkar Kanya Avaasiya Uchh Vidyalaya in Daulatpur in Vaishali district. She said that since there are suspicions that the girl may have been gangraped before being murdered, the administration was trying to engage in cover ups. We demand a high level investigation of the murder and an immediate arrest of the accused. She added that there were no signs of any decline in the incident of injustice and assaults on women and girl students in Bihar. The criminals were being more and more fearless and increasingly targeting school girls. A joint CPI(ML), AIPWA and AISA team had visited the site of the murder to find out more details. The team reported that the students are holding the Kalyan officials responsible for this incident. The girl who was murdered was known to continually raise voice against the infrastructure related problems in the hostel. The team talked to the girl’s mother, who expressed suspicion that her daughter may have been gangraped. The team demanded a high level investigation and arrest of the accused. They also raised the demand of restoration of all the services in the hostel. A protest and an effigy burning was held in Hajipur against this...

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Chittaranjan Loco Workers’ Conference

The 2nd Conference of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) Railways employees Union was held at Chittaranjan on 18 December. The Conference resolved to build up the resistance against privatization of CLW and against 100% FDI in railways. The Conference hall was named after Com. Swapan Mukherjee, the departed AICCTU leader, and the railway township was named Vinod Mishra Nagar. The Conference started with hoisting of Red Flag by the outgoing secretary Pradip Banerjee and paying floral tributes to martyrs by prominent TU leaders and office bearers of the Union. This was followed by the inaugural session of the conference, which began with songs of struggle rendered by Com. Nitish Roy of Paschim Bango Gana Sanskriti Parishad. Com. DP Bakshi Vice President of AICCTU inaugurated the conference. In his inaugural speech, he explained elaborately the present situation in the Railway Trade Union movement along with demonetization disaster unleashed on the working people, particularly the unorganized workers and stressed on the broader unity of the working class. The TU should not be treated as “Give and Take bargaining centre”, but to be considered as a worker’s primary organization of his own to get educated to fight for its rights and dignity. In the open session prominent TU leaders of Chittaranjan addressed the conference.  Surinder Singh, AICCTU leader from Bengal, and N.N. Banerjee, GS, SERTSU stressed on organizing contract workers in the Railways and to strengthen...

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Campaign Against Demonetisation Continues

Seven Day Campaign In Odisha A seven days campaign was organised in Odisha on issues of demonetisation after 50 days. In Bhubaneswar, a rally went to PMG square where Mahendra Parida, City Committee Secretary of Bhubaneswar and Radhakant Sethy, State Committee Member, Amiya Panda of AIPF and others addressed the meeting. They elaborated on Modi’s failure on demonetization and his attacks on democracy in the name of so called reforms. Com. Sethy and Com Parida said that the Modi government did not ensure return of a single black money from the likes of Adani and Ambani. He instead took the money from common masses to give loan in cheaper interest to the corporates. The campaign was also done at Delang, Keonjhar and Rayagada. In Delang, Ashok Pradhan led the campaign where he described that farmers continue to suffer due to demonetization and most of the people are still struggling to make banking transaction in rural areas. In Rayagada, Tirupati Gamango and in Keonjhar Sucharu Naik, Banshi Dhar Parida and Jameswar Pradhan took lead role in this campaign. People’s Tribunal And Protest Marches in Bihar After the completion of 50 days of demonetization disaster, protest programmes were organized across Bihar as part of the countrywide ‘Modi Hatao-Roti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao-Desh Bachao’ (Remove Modi-Save Livelihood, Save Democracy-Save India) call. PM Modi’s resignation was demanded through people’s tribunals and protest marches at...

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Janmat Padyatra and Referendum on Note Ban in Delhi

91.6% Of People In Workers And Students’ Localities Vote Against Demonetisation A  3 day Janmat Padyatra on Note Ban starting in four different parts of the city was undertaken under the banners of CPI (ML), AISA, AIPWA, AICCTU and RYA. Since the day Note Ban was announced, the Prime and Minister and other ministers had only sought to impose their views on Note Ban without once wanting to hear people’s voice. Even their token surveys did not allow people an opportunity to voice their disagreements. In view of this CPI(ML), AISA, AIPWA, AICCTU and RYA decided to reach out to people of Delhi especially the workers and students, hear their experiences and ask them to vote on the question -‘Note Ban caused suffering for the common people rather than the corrupt – and people’s suffering continues even after 50 days have passed: YES or NO’ On 6 January, the yatra started at Jamia Nagar. Large number of students and teachers from the University and also residents of Jamia Nagar participated in the ‘Janmat’ which was asking people their opinion about whether demonetisation brought an end to corruption and whether after 50 days the problems faced by people had abated.   The Padyatra elicited enthusiastic response from the residents of Jamia Nagar who voted in large numbers during the Padyatra. Most of the people who voted in the ‘Janmat’ were...

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Koshi-Seemanchal Bandh

To Protest Killings of Comrades Satyanarayan Singh Yadav, Kamleshwari Rishidev and Mahadalits in Saharsa The CPI(ML) organized a bandh in the Koshi-Seemanchal zone to protest the brutal killings of CPI(ML) district Secretary Com. Satyanarayan Singh Yadav and Com Kamleshwari Rishidev in Arariya by RJD-BJP backed goons and the brutal killing of Chano Ram and Vakil Ram with the intent of evicting mahadalits from their land in Chamarkhala in Saharsa. In Purnea, Girija Chowk and RN Shah Chowk were blocked and traffic in the city was fully jammed. In Arariya NH 57 and Mahavir Chowk were blocked for hours. A protest rally was taken out in which women participated in large numbers. Roads in Saharsa were blocked for several hours. Saharsa-Madhepura by-pass road near Shivpuri Dhala remained blockaded for hours and traffic was halted. Crime is at its peak under the Nitish government. The Arariya killings and the murder of a journalist in Samastipur show the extent to which murderous goons feel encouraged. Protesters demanded the arrest of the killers without delay. In Patna CPI(ML) activists jammed Chitkohra Golambar for hours and raised slogans for land reforms, mahadalits’ rights, and against the killing of mahadalits. Addressing the rally, senior party leaders Dhirendra Jha and Amar said that RJD, JD(U), and BJP were all protecting and encouraging feudal forces. They demanded the arrest of the thana in-charge and RJD-backed goons responsible...

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Report on the Killings of CPI(ML) Leaders in Arariya

A CPI(ML) team comprising Comrades Dhirendra Jha, Rameshwar Prasad, Nawal Kishore and Jaynarayan Yadav visited the site of the killings in Rahariya village, Bhargama block in Araria district, where two CPI(ML) leaders, Comrade Satyanarayan Singh Yadav (Araria district secretary) and Comrade Kamleshwari Rishidev were brutally killed and several people have been gravely injured while 3 are still missing. 35 to 40 Musahar (Rishidev) families have been settled for years in Rahariya Pokhra Tola barely 5 km from Bhargama thana in Arariya district. Most of them have ‘bandobast’ papers and have been tilling the land for years. Dayanand Yadav and some others have made fake registration papers of the land in their names. They have the protection of both RJD and BJP. Earlier, RJD candidates used to win from here but lately BJP had won. However, this time the sitting MLAs from Bhargama and Raniganj are from RJD and JD(U) respectively. On 1 January before the carnage, a mahabhoj (feast) was held on this land and goons were collected. The Bhargama thana in-charge and other officials and constables were part of this mahabhoj. The plan was to destroy and burn the Pokhra Tola musahar basti. (Koshi-Seemanchal region has had an old history of burning of Musahar Tolas). This information reached the CPI(ML) which has a long-standing association with the dalits and mahadalits of this area. On receiving the information District...

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All for a Roaring Rebuff to the Modi Regime in the Forthcoming Assembly Elections

The dates of Assembly elections for the poll-bound states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur have been announced. The BJP is trying its best to take undue advantage of its position as the ruling party at the Centre in these state elections. The entire demonetization exercise was timed keeping these crucial elections in mind. The address made by the Prime Minister after the completion of the first fifty days of post-demonetization pain sounded much like a budget speech of the Finance Minister. If that was not enough, now the government will also have the liberty to present this year’s annual budget on February 1 on the eve of the elections and use it to influence the electorate. Assembly elections always have their own state-specific contexts. To be sure, the coming elections will also be no different. Punjab and Goa, both currently being ruled by the BJP/NDA, that go to the polls on February 4 have been suffering enormously as a result of the disastrous policies of the state and central governments. If the acute agrarian crisis, drug problem and mafiadom of the Akali Dal in various economic and social spheres have proved to be the bane of Punjab, Goa has been hit hard by corporate plunder, the communal agenda of the Sangh brigade and the glaring misrule of the BJP government. Uttarakhand has been reeling under environmental...

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