Landless labourers seek loan waiver in Bathinda

Landless labourers seek loan waiver in Bathinda

Pendu Khet Mazdoor Union members protest outside the FM’s office in Bathinda. Pawan Sharma

Bathinda, July 27

Activists of several associations, under the banner of Pendu Khet Mazdoor Union, protested outside Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s office here on Tuesday.

Activists of Punjab Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor, Mazdoor Mukti Morcha and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha submitted a memorandum to Manpreet’s representative at his office. Holding a rally, they raised slogans against the state government. Later, they took out a protest march to Manpreet’s office.

Addressing the rally, leaders said the Congress government had failed to deliver on its poll promises of providing jobs, households, waiving labour debts and power bills and increase pension, etc. “They also failed to deliver on its promise of giving packets of tea, sugar, pulses and ghee from ration depots along with wheat.” They said during the Congress rule, the social oppression of the workers had increased many times. They announced that if the government did not waive the debt and power bills and increase the old age pension to Rs 5,000, then workers would join the dharna from August 9 to 11 at Patiala. — TNS

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