Protest set to be launched at collectorate tomorrow

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

‘Modi govt has broken election promises on several fronts’

Pune: Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan will launch a protest on May 23 at the district collectorate at 3 pm to underline the unfulfilled promises made during the election campaign of 2014. The issues that will be taken forth are related to employment generation, inflation and others.

Speaking during a press interaction on Monday, Ajit Abhyankar of Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan said that the present Modi government had promised creation of two crore jobs every year. But none of that has been fulfilled. 

“More than that, there is inadequate budget for education and health, because of which government schools and colleges have deteriorated in their standards. Also, the horrors of Gorapkhpur and Nashik cannot be forgotten. All of this is due to the lack of basic and necessary healthcare facilities for under-privileged families,” said Abhyankar.

He also noted that youths of 18 to 29 years have studied till graduation are now facing unemployment of up to 35 per cent, which was 28 per cent in 2014-2015. “In 77 per cent households, there is not even one person who is earning full-time. There is not even two lakh job creation a year. This also means that the government is not able to fulfill its promise that it made in the 2014 election,” said Abhaynkar.

While talking about the condition of farmers, Lata Bhise from Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan said that farmers’ suicides have increased up to 42 per cent since 2015-2016. “There is no minimum wage guarantee for farmers and the false promises of loan waivers have fallen flat. The government is not doing anything to improve the status of farmers,” said Bhise.

Speaking about the increasing strikes by various groups, Medha Thatte from Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan said that anganwadi workers last year organised a statewide strike to protest against non-increment of their wages. “Along with them, many other groups have protested in the past four years, highlighting the mismanagement of the present government,” said Thatte.

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