UPA government anti-labour, anti-farmer: BJP

January 30th, 2009 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Terming three amendments to a notification under the Employees’ Pension (Second Amendment) issued in 2008 as anti-labour, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the government withdraw it immediately.”The three amendments withdraw major provident fund benefits available to millions of workers of the country and we demand its immediate withdrawal,” BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here Friday.

“This clearly reflects the anti-labour approach of the United Progressive alliance (UPA) government and we term it as ‘black notifications’,” he added.

All amendments are anti-labour, he said.

“The UPA government’s anti-labour approach has been evident right since its inception. It had reduced the interest to be paid on provident fund and has deposited large amounts out of pension funds to private players under pressure from its allies,” Javadekar alleged.

Answering a question on the attack on women at a Mangalore pub last week, Javadekar said the party condemns such incidents.

“We do not have any stand on any such culture. It is entirely an individual’s wish where they want to go and where they do not,” he said.

The BJP also opposed the UPA government’s decision to transfer the ‘cash-for-vote’ case to the Delhi Police. On July 22, during a vote of confidence in parliament, three BJP MPs waved wads of currency notes, alleging they had been offered the money as bribe to vote for the ruling party.

“When the Congress can misuse the Central Bureau of Investigation to extend `privileges’ to their occasional allies like Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav, then what is the guarantee that it will not use the Delhi police to favour any individual during the probe?” Javadekar asked.

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