New Delhi: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has demanded the Centre reimburse the cess collected for the welfare of construction and bidi workers, reports Archis Mohan in Business Standard.These funds have been diverted to other heads after the goods and services tax was rolled out. The BMS said on Tuesday it would hold a "massive' rally on Friday to protest against the Centre's economic policies. The stir comes on the heels of a three-day sit-in protest by 10 central trade unions -- from November 9 to 11. The BMS was not part of that protest.
The BMS has also demanded equal wages for equal work in all sectors, pension and social security benefits to contract workers, 200 man days of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), representation to farmers and trade unions in the NITI Aayog and a stop to "curtailing of labour rights under the guise of labour reforms". Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BMS protest vindicated his party's stand on the "ruinous' economic policies of the Modi government. "The government's policies have hurt workers and farmers. Every day, 35 farmers commit suicide. The GST on farm equipment is steep. Now, the BJP's fraternal organisations are exposing the Modi government's misdeeds." On October 29, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, also an RSS-affiliate, had protested the Centre's economic policies at New Delhi's Ramlila ground.