Friday, February 1, 2019


01st February, 2019 : Press Release

The BJP led NDA government has once again attempted to throw jumlas on the face of suffering people of India through its vote on accounts (interim budget). The announcements made are with forthcoming elections in mind, just throwing statistics without any basis. On one hand side it is a cruel joke on the marginal farmers who hold land up to 2 hectares which number about 86  % of total farmers in the country offering rupees 17 per family per day. The rural landless poor who work in the fields and related agricultural activities have been offered nothing.

There is nothing in the budget statement to address unemployment which has reached highest in last 45 years. Nothing offered for job creation, no steps announced to fill up the already sanctioned central and state government posts. Hence the youth is once again cheated.

Those who should be covered in EPF in India should be about 10   crore workers which actually are yet not fully registered and hence all of them not been covered for pension. It is those registered only who are already being covered for pension that the pronouncement in this budget to be benefiting with pension of rupees three thousand where as demand of these workers is for pension not less than 7500. There is nothing in the budget for about 35 crore of unorganized sector workers other than the 10 crore workers who are covered under EPF. The working class is also betrayed contrary to the claims being made by the prime minister and the finance minister in regard to providing dignity to the workers. Nothing announced about the demand of Rs 18000 minimum wage to workers about 45 crore of them who were hoping against hope. The false claim of control on price rise is another insult on the people who are finding it too difficult to run their kitchens in the face of steep rise in the prices of every day essential items.

No tax increase on corporates or wealth tax which are very necessary to meet  the present crisis ridden economy of the country. The hollowness of the government and its camouflaging ways were on display through this interim budget.

Statement by AITUC Secretariat

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