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In a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh opposed the economic and labour reforms initiated by his government. Photo: HT
In a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh opposed the economic and labour reforms initiated by his government. Photo: HT

Government comes under criticism from RSS-affiliated union

Outfit says the corridors of power are filled with American-based NRI advisors and ministers who are loyal to corporate sector

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has come under attack from a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated workers’ body which charged it with being on the “wrong track" on the economic and labour front by “unduly favouring corporate sector and indulging in criminal neglect of social sector".

In a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said that in a few months itself his government has “disappointed" the social sector including workers, common man, lower middle class, peasants, villagers and tribals.

It also termed the labour and economic reforms as being against the nation’s interests, alleging they are all meant to “hand over national wealth to private corporate sectors".

“The Government is unduly favouring corporate sector and indulging in criminal neglect of social sector. The corridors of power are filled with American-based NRI advisors and ministers who are loyal to corporate sector. The Vice Chairman of NITI Ayog, the economic advisor and the RBI governor etc are examples. It is to be remembered that many of them were advisors of those financial institutions in the US which collapsed during the global financial crisis. Hence, BMS is of the opinion that in the labour and economic front the government is totally on the wrong track," the BMS said quoting a resolution passed at its national executive meeting earlier this month.

Opposing economic and labour reforms initiated by the Modi regime, the BMS is all set to corner the government by participating in the country-wide Satyagraha programmes on 26 February to force it to change its stand.

The outfit also attacked the new land acquisition law, saying it takes away right of consent of owners and necessity of getting social impact assessment report which are guaranteed in the 2013 Act brought by the UPA. It also attacked the ‘Make in India’ initiative and said its “intention is only to popularise FDI as the only panacea for all the economic ills". BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay has also written to the prime minister and labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya to “withdraw the anti-worker labour law amendments and stop corporate favouritism" and convene an immediate Indian Labour Conference.

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