While extending its nationwide support to a two days industrial strike called by 11 Central Trade Union, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today held a 'solidarity protest dharna ' Jantar Mantar strongly criticized the Union Government for its inaction over the Joint Charter of Demand of Trade Unions of the Country. CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal while addressing the Dharna demanded the Government to take immediate cognisance of the matter and constitute a 'joint working group' of senior government officials and representatives of trade unions to draw an amicable solution to the problem in the larger interest of Indian economy. The labourers are at the lowest paddle of economy thereby serving as the basic fundamental and therefore the issues concerning the labourers should be addressed immediately to ensure an healthy and growth oriented Indian economy-said Khandelwal.
The Dharna was attended by large number of traders and labourers belonging to trade unions of different sections besides attended by noted trade leader Mr. Satish Garg, CAIT Delhi State President Narender Madan, Senior leader of Farmers Shri Naresh Sirohi, Shri Pawan Kumar, leader of labour unions and others. Senior Parliamentarian Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi also attended the meeting.
Addressing the Dharna Farmer leader Shri Naresh Sirohi said that the farmers are the integral part of any movement led by trade unions and in fact the farmers, traders, labourers, SmEs and MSMEs, hawkers are inter-linked with each other and their joint participation in any movement is nothing short but to create a history in the Country. The Government must understand the important and critical role played by these sectors and desist itself from framing policies for the advantage of corporate houses.
Senior Parliamentarian Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi while addressing the protestors said that the Union Government is bent upon in destryoing the ancient old retail fabric of the Country by its policies which are being framed to provide maximum benefits and advantages to the corporate sector. The sovereign wealth of the Country has been perted to their hands and despite of their having optimum use of said wealth, they are being figured in various scams. It is regretted that the address of the President of India made today at the Parliament did not spell out anything about the retail sector of which the labourers are the important entity. Rather it appreciated the FDI in Retail policy of the Union Government which is still under the domain of the Parliament and the Supreme Court has also questioned the said policy. He assured the protestors that he will be raising all such issues in the Parliament in its current session.