Thousands of farmers & workers are protesting against Modi govt

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New Delhi:Thousands of farmers and workers started their Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally Wednesday morning from Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The protesters started arriving in the national capital from various states since Tuesday and were camping at Ramlila Maidan. They have reached Parliament street and will march towards Jantar Mantar as well. The demands of the protesters are effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage, more employment, and recognition of one crore Anganwadi and ASHA workers as a workforce.

The rally is being organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India Kisan Sabha, and All India Agriculture Workers Union. Other demands include remunerative prices for farmers as per Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations and timely public procurement of produce.

More than one lakh farmers and workers from across the country, according to the AIKS, were to start coming into Delhi on September 2 and Ramlila Maidan was where the AIKS had planned to put them up. The volunteers got to work and managed to clear a part of the ground, where they installed wooden boards, covered them with yellow plastic sheets and put tents over them.“We could only manage to ready about 40% of the ground. So then we arranged for some people to stay in gurdwaras, others in a camp in Sahibabad and some in guest houses,” Krishnan said.

On the eve of the workers’ and farmers’ march to parliament, around 30,000 people were inside the Ramlila Maidan, getting ready. It was another rainy day in Delhi. Large tents with wooden boards and plastic sheets being used to shield against the water worked as accommodation for the peasants and workers who had travelled for the protest.The Delhi Traffic Police have issued a traffic advisory in view of the rally.

The protestors started arriving in the national capital from across the country on Tuesday and were camping at Ramlila Maidan. Protestors who participated in the Kisan March in Maharashtra in March demanding a loan waiver and proper minimum support price for farmers are also taking part in the rally.

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