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Kisan-Mazdoor Rally in Delhi LIVE updates: Red flags cover road in capital as thousands march to Parliament Street

Kisan-Mazdoor Rally in Delhi LIVE updates: The farmers and labourers are marching in protest in Delhi against government's labour laws. They demand that all workers should be given a minimum wage of at least Rs 18,000 per month

FP Staff September 05, 2018 12:06:41 IST
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Kisan-Mazdoor Rally in Delhi LIVE updates: Red flags cover road in capital as thousands march to Parliament Street

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Sept 05, 2018 - 12:19 (IST)

Farmers and labourers march towards Ramlila Maidan in Delhi

There are huge jams on nearly all arterial roads around the Parliament Street in Delhi as protestors continue their march. 

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:11 (IST)

Farmers demand implementation of Swaminathan Commission 

Members of the Kisan Mazdoors demand remunerative prices for the peasants as per Swaminathan Committee recommendations. The protesters are also demanding the timely public procurement of the farmers' produce. 

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:02 (IST)

Streets in Delhi streaked red as thousands march to Parliament street 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:59 (IST)

Kisan Sabha General Secretary  Hannan Mollah addresses the rally 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:54 (IST)

Protesters seek ban on forward trading in essential commodities

A congregation of farmers and labourers, backed by the Communist Party of India Marxist, have sought that the government should curb the increasing prices of essential commodities and food grains. They also sought a ban on forward trading of essential commodities 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:42 (IST)

Protestors demand minimum wage of not less than 18,000 per month for all workers, food security 

The farmers and labourers are marching in protest in Delhi against government's labour laws. They demand that all workers should be given a minimum wage of at least Rs 18,000 per month and there should be food security as well.

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:26 (IST)

In Pics: Protestors throng Delhi streets to demand for minimum wage, worker representation 

The farmers and labourers are protesting against the 'neo-liberal polices' of the central government and asking for revision of labour laws. 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:21 (IST)

CITU president addressed protestors at Parliament Street; pledged support for Kisan Long March in November 

Tapan Sen, General Secretary of CITU, addressed the farmers and labourers at Parliament Street. He announced that their workers will join the Kisan Long March in November.

Sept 05, 2018 - 10:53 (IST)

CITU president Hemlata addressed the protestors gathered for the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh rally

As protestors started off the march towards Parliament Street, CITU president Hemlata addressed their gathering at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

Sept 05, 2018 - 10:45 (IST)

Delhi Traffic Police issues advisory in view of the 'Kisan-Mazdoor Rally' 

Sansad Marg,Janpath and KG Marg are closed for traffic movement due to procession/demonstration and motorists are advised to take Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Ashoka Road as alternative route, the traffic police tweeted.

Kisan-Mazdoor Rally in Delhi latest updates: The farmers and labourers are marching in protest in Delhi against government's labour laws. They demand that all workers should be given a minimum wage of at least Rs 18,000 per month and there should be food security as well.

Tapan Sen, General Secretary of CITU, addressed the farmers and labourers at Parliament Street. He announced that their workers will join the Kisan Long March in November.

Sansad Marg, Janpath and KG Marg are closed for traffic movement due to procession/demonstration and motorists are advised to take Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Ashoka Road as alternative route, the traffic police tweeted.

The demands of the protesters include effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage guarantee, more employment opportunities and recognition of one crore Anganwadi and ASHA workers as an organised workforce, The Indian Express reported.

The 5 September protest by workers and farmers at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi will not be the last rally, organisers said on Tuesday, warning that they would intensify their struggle against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre. The rally - Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh March - is being organised jointly by CITU, AIKS and AIAWU, organisations and unions affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

KisanMazdoor Rally in Delhi LIVE updates Red flags cover road in capital as thousands march to Parliament Street

Protestors participate in the Kisan Mazdoor Rally in Delhi.

"This is the first time...after Independence that farmers and workers will jointly participate in a rally against the government," CITU general secretary Tapan Sen told reporters, adding, "And it will not be the last one of our efforts." "We will announce the second phase of our struggle and war against the government, whose anti-people policies are affecting the poor people of our country. This government is only making policies keeping in mind the interests of the corporate and the rich," Sen said.

Last week, the organisers said they were expecting more than three lakh people from across the country at the rally. Preparations for the rally had been under way for several days but incessant rain over the last few days threw all that into disarray, damaging the makeshift shelters at Ramlila Maidan, the venue for the protest. However, the thousands of participants who have come from all over the country appeared confident that the rally would be successful in highlighting their issues of concern.

People part of the "Long March" of farmers from Nashik to Mumbai earlier 2018 are also participating in this rally. The march of farmers was led by All India Kisan Sabha and was, among other demands, for proper implementation of Maharashtra government's loan waiver scheme. "The BJP government in Maharashtra fooled us. I have come to Delhi to raise my voice against the anti-farmer policies of the Centre. I will not stop till I get the right price for my crops," one of the protester said. "We realised that the state of farmers is seriously bad. We told them that the time has come to raise our voice against the government's policies," another protester from Kerala said.

The farmers and workers, participating in the rally, want remunerative prices for crops as per the Swaminathan Committee recommendations, debt waiver of all farmers and agricultural workers, minimum wage of not less than Rs 18,000 per month for workers.

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