JAMMU, July 3: Employees of LIC of India in Jammu & Kashmir under the banner of Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association (NZIEA) Srinagar Division held a protest today against the ruinous economic policies of the NDA Government.
The protest was held as per the call of ten Central Trade unions including CITU and independent Federations like All India Insurance Employees’ Association by wearing badges and the employees highlighted their demands.
The programme at Srinagar was led by A M Tantray, president NZIEA Srinagar Division and at Jammu by Pawan Gupta, Divisional Secretary of the Association.
Speaking on the occasion at D O Cell Jammu, Pawan Gupta strongly condemned NDA Government’s economic policies. He said that more than 120 million workers lost jobs as a result of the lockdown.
“This situation demanded a serious intervention from the Government to help the most impacted sections of the population and some help to the small and medium enterprises which employ overwhelming numbers of workers,” he added.
The trade unions demanded that the J&K Government must help the vulnerable during this grave crisis. They suggested a direct cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for next six months to all non-income tax paying households including unorganized labour (registered or unregistered).
The unions further demanded free ration to all working people for six months, strengthening of the MGNREG Scheme and supporting the small and medium business units. They also demanded that the Government should ensure that no worker is retrenched, laid off or fired.
“There is a massive attack on the rights of the workers and labour laws are so changed to condemn the workers to slavery of capital,” Gupta said and opposed the decision of the Government to list LIC in stock exchange. He also strongly opposed the move to increase FDI in insurance sector and FDI in Pension sector. He demanded withdrawal of GST on insurance premium as it is adversely affecting the policyholders and the life insurance business.