The Lok Satta Party will address the problems of the unorganised sector in its election manifesto, party president Jayaprakash Narayan has said.
Narayan and and LSP state president Katari Srinivasa Rao interacted with workers of unorganised sector here on Saturday as part of their bid to draft an election manifesto.
They interacted with casual workers (adda coolies), carpenters and masons in the Serilingampalli Assembly constituency and electricians and other building workers in the Jubilee Hills constituency. Narayan tried his hand with a carpenter’s chisel and a mason’s trowel during his visit.
Women workers pointed out that there was no change in their lives whichever party happened to be in power. They have to reckon with insecure jobs, accidents at workplaces and their spouses’ liquor addiction. Carpenters bemoaned that they were not adequately compensated for their work and, as a result, they were unable to take care of the education and health care needs of their children.
Masons said that although five masons died in accidents every day in Hyderabad, none was coming to their rescue. They demanded that safety regulations be strictly implemented to prevent accidents.
Narayan said the state government collected Rs 1,023 crore from builders towards a welfare fund for construction workers but spent only Rs 63 crore on them so far. He said real politics should aim at eradicating poverty. He sought their support for the Lok Satta Party, saying his party was committed to ushering in a new dawn in the lives of unorganised workers.
On Sunday Jayaprakash Narayan and other leaders will interact with workers engaged in the private transport sector in the Kukatpally and Sanatnagar Assembly constituencies and at the Secunderabad railway station.