Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The increase in the number of work-hour from 8 to 12, by government of Orissa has been strongly objected to by the labor front of the Communist Party of India, the AITUC.
At the Capital City Bhubaneswar, AITUC National Secretary Ramakrushna Panda, State deputy General Secretary Bijaya Jena and Dist. Secretary Sura Jena took the lead in the protest and demonstrated at Janpath with placards in their hands and raising slogans. The demonstrators presented a Memorandum to the Chief Minister of Odisha to withdraw forthwith the 12 hr. work day announcement in the wake of Carona Virus Crisis supporting the anti-working class lobby of Corporates and Capitalists without any consultations with the Central TUs. Among other demands were included safe bringing of the suffering migrant labourers back to their respective villages and providing them with employments and substantial financial help for their survival; providing all the unorganized sector workers, daily wage earners, self employed persons and artisans at least Rs. 7500/- each for three months; strengthening and regulating the PDS and providing ration to all that are bellow the income-tax paying status and declaring Covid-19 Warrior status for the Anganwadi & Asha Workers and other frontline health workers and providing them with Carona protective materials and Insurance coverage etc. Among others Jatindra Ray, CVN Rao, Gohi Govind Besra, Satyabadi Bag Kailaswh Puhan, Bhramar Rout, and others also led the demonstration.
In Baleswar and Chandipur, Gouranga Panigrahi, Bhagabat Pratihari, Jayanta Das, Shyam Sundar Jena, Niranjan Panda, Jatin Patra, Prativa Pal, Akhay Tripathy , Bandana Biswas, Mohini Mohan Parida led the demonstration. Similarly, at Jaleswar: Laxmipriya Das; at Baripada of Mayurbhanja dist., Prasant Mishra, Jagabandhu Mishra, Srikant Samal; In Kendujhar district at Badbil: Kapil Mohanty, Hrudananda Pradhan, Tapan Barik; at Joda: Anil Chatambar, Kuna Karwa; at. Guali: Lipu Patra and at Jurudi : Bidyadhar Mahant , Kanhu Samal; in Ganjam district at Kabisurya Nagar: Prabin Dash, Sudarshan Swain and at Digapahandi Alakanath Mishra; in Sundargarh district State AITUC president Ashok Dash and Kamal Sandh; at Rourkela Steel City Sadananda Sahu and Santosh Dash; at Sambalpur: N. Gopal, Dhrub Ch. Behera; in Kalahandi district at Junagarh: Damodar Behera, Akhay Kumar Meher, at Dharmagada Jagdish Durga and at Kantabanji Gopal Bhoi and Pandab Bhoi; in Jayapur(K): Pramod Ku Mohanty, Judhisthir Raul and Ramakrushna Dash; at Cuttack: Amarendu Mohanty, Binod Kumar Behera and Rama Ch Behera; at Jagatpur Ind. Area: Sanatan Biswal, Udaya kesari Burma, Manas Kumar Raut, Ranjan Kumar Sahu and Dilip Parida; at Nischintakoili: Trailokya Nath and Konduri Patra; and at Badamba: Ajay Samantray, Soudamini Das; at Kujanga: Jinmayee Sahani, Subash Mohapatra, Ajay Behera, Bishnu Muduli, Hrusikesh Nath; at Paradeep IOCL: Subash Mohapatra, Salil Samantray, Rabindra Mache; at Jagatsinghpur Satya Ranjan Mohanty, Rosalin Das, Biraja Pr. Mohanty and Somanath Giri; at Boudha: Abakash Sahu and Sudhansu Pradhan, Dilip Sahu, Prafulla Nayak and Pradeep Sahu; at Dhenkanal Harapriya Swain; at Odapada: Sufala Mohapatra; at Kandhamai: Sisir Mallick; at Satyabadi of Puri dist. Laxmipriya Mohapatra; at Balichandrapur: Karunakar Moharana and at Kendrapara dist centre Babaji Dhal, Ratnakar Das, Abhay Das, Ramani Ranjan Routray took the leadership of the protest day movement and also presented memorandums to the Chief Minister of Odisha.
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