LABOUR LAWS .. Changes in labour laws in UP and MP; Rahul Gandhi raises a hue and cry

NEW DELHI: The Congress party, which held the nation in a Socialist mode for half a century from the time of Independence and encouraged lawlessness in the industrial sector through encouragement to leftist over-reach, has come up in defence of the “working class” in the context of changes in labour laws effected by some states recently.

The changes, like allowing industries to extend working hours from eight to 12 hours if a situation so arose, were brought forward by BJP ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and disruption of industrial activities for two months.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised his voice against the changes, which also allowed readjustments in wages, and said such trampling of rights of factory workers cannot be allowed in the name of Covid fight.

Uttar Pradesh suspended some labour laws for three years from May 6 through an ordinance and Madhya Pradesh did so the next day by putting all labour laws on temporary hold for three years. Some other states also said they would follow suit as a critical situation was at hand. 

Notably, labour laws cover only 10 per cent of the total workforce in the country, in organised sectors, while the rest of the labour has no godfathers. Union leaders are often found to be hand in glove with managements, and take bribes. Railway unions run by Communists for ages are known for the extreme corrupt practices of their leaders, many of whom are part of the rackets engaged in looting railway funds and stealing railway materials. 

One of the means of sustenance of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in India is the collections its leaders make from the trade union front by way of membership and other fees. In states like Kerala, where the Communist parties are repeatedly in power, red leaders are now known to be hugely corrupt, and more so those of the CPI.

India exited from the socialistic obsessions after the Nehru family exited from direct control of governance, and Narasimha Rao as the Prime Minister, with encouragement from his finance minister Manmohan Singh, an ex-IMF hand, bid goodbye to Socialistic pursuits, at least in part. 

Rahul Gandhi, who has a habit of blowing hot and cold, is now in a mood to take back the post of president of the Congress party, after he ran away from the scene in the face of the washout he engineered for the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. His personal attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the campaign trail, calling the PM a “chor” backfired on the Congress party. Modi hit back by saying the real chor (thief) was Rahul deceased father, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who along with wife Sonia was linked to the epic Bofors guns commission scam of the 198os. 

The BJP is a centrist party, not rightist, just as the Congress today is. The leftists are now the joke of the season in India as also the rest of the world too. China, for instance, progressed by discarding Communist obsessions and courting the market economic system, a salient feature of capitalism. Russia no more speaks about socialism, the ideological sheet anchor of the erstwhile Soviet Union.–IHN-NN


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