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In consonance with Quit India Movement 1942 which began from August 8, several Left and other labour organizations took out a Bharat Bachao rally in eastern Assam’s jorhat on Monday against the anti-people and anti labour policies of the present government.

More than 500 members of different organizations led by CITU and CPM carrying placards and shouting slogans marched through the main thoroughfares maintaining COVID-19 protocol and stopped at the office complex of Jorhat’s deputy commissioner.

The 11 point charter of demands included free and universal health care, regularization of all those who had been recruited for different schemes and payment of wages instead of remuneration, scrapping of the draft Environment Impact Assessment 2020 and 10 kgs of rice to be given monthly to those people who were suffering loss of livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizations further demanded the increase of wages of tea workers to 351 per day and that all the migrant workerd who returned home be given work.

The organization further demanded that al public sector units and enterprises like Rail, Health, Defence, Coal, oil etc, should not be privatized.

The CPM, SFI, JTTU and DYFI among others participated in the mass agitation.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: