Rallies, felicitation, cultural events mark May Day celebrations in city

Various organisations celebrated May Day on a grand scale on Sunday. Rallies, felicitation and cultural events marked the day.

Builders Association of India (BAI) Mysuru Centre with the theme ‘New Ideas New Dimensions’ aimed to improve the living standards of construction of workers by boosting their health and skills development. May Day was one such occasion to highlight this.

Around 1,000 construction workers were enrolled under the welfare scheme for construction workers of Department of Labour. Senior artisans who have served in the construction industry were felicitated on the occasion.

Children took part in various games which was followed by cultural events. Sushruthi Krishna, first runner-up in Femina Miss India contest and Assistant Commissioner for Labour Department Meena Patil also attended the event at Mahajana College.

Adidravida Thamate mathu Nagari Samskruthika Kalavrunda inaugurated a 23-day cultural camp `Navu Pouraru, Maha Pouraru’ for children of pourakarmikas. Jyothi Ranganath, daughter of a pourakarmika, was honoured for excelling in her studies. She had bagged five medals in the recentlyheld convocation of the University of Mysore (UoM).

In another event All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) leaders, along with other associations, took out a protest march against government, seeking fulfilment of their various demands.

At a programme organised by Karnataka State Daily Wage Employees Federation at Veene Seshanna Bhavan, Falcon Tyres Factory Workers Union president Devaraj termed the policies of both the central and state government as anti- labour and said that though many workers were harassed at work place, the governments were apathetic and did not take any action to improve the condition of the workers. While the governments are busy attracting foreign investors the rights of employees is at stake.

BJP MLC G Madhusudhan targeted the state government for its failure to take action against the authorities of the Falcon Tyres factory which had meted out injustice to its employees. Advisor to the Labour Minister G T Ginkalappa, retired judge A Manjunath, Mysuru District Cooperative Union president H V Rajeev and others were present.

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