Saturday, April 17, 2010
Commitment like of maoists can uproot bonded labour: Swami Agnivesh
New Delhi, Apr 13 (UNI) A commitment of maoist is required to sensitise and make the Government actually work for the welfare of bonded and migrant labour in India, renowned human rights activist Swami Agnivesh today said.
Giving a clarion call to all such labourers in the country to initiate a mass movement demanding proper fulfillment of their basic rights, especially national minimum wage, Swami Agnivesh said, ''A peaceful campaign with a commitment as strong as of a maoist is enough to pressurise the government.''
He referred to the Union Home Minister's recent statement on the Dantewada incident wherein he accepted ''moral responsibility'' for the massacre of 76 security personnel in the area by naxals.
''The most urgent and significant need at present is formation and implementation of a proper National Minimum Wage Policy,'' he stated.
He further said issues like alcoholism, proper implementation of Right to Education and extension of time period in NREGA scheme of the government from 100 days to at least 200.
The social activist is also planning to visit Dantewada in May to spread a message of peace and non-violence among the masses over there.
Chairperson of Bandhua Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labour Liberation Front) Swami Agnivesh was speaking at a workshop organised by the National Campaign Committee on Unorganised Sector Workers, based and Delhi. It was attended by labourers from all over the country.