BHARAT JODO YATRA
The Bharat Jodo Yatra has brought in a fresh wave of enthusiasm amongst the party workers and the people of Maharashtra inspiring lakhs of people from all over the state to walk in the Yatra. On the 63rd morning, the Yatra resumed from Shankargaon proceeding to Naigaon. On the way, Rahul Gandhi interacted with Koli community leaders who came all the way from Mumbai and discussed issues such as encroachment and CRZ violation. Rahul Gandhi also met the members of the cooperative societies (sugar, milk, banking and textile mills) and a delegation of unorganized sector workers during the afternoon break.
Amongst the major issues raised were the lack of support to the cooperatives from the government which is a major factor for the cooperative sector being in the verge of collapse, the increase in cyber crime after demonetization, a dysfunctional ethanol policy that needs amendment to support the most profitable crop for farmers—sugarcane. They also demanded a more robust export policy and simplified tax framework. The delegates apprehended that implementing the new cooperatives policy that enables the central government to enter into the rural as well as urban sector of cooperatives is bound to sabotage the sector which is essentially decentralized and driven from the state and the districts.
They also indicated that an inclusive policy would encourage the youngsters to consider farming as a career.
The representatives collectively blamed demonetisation as a demonizing step for the country and damaging to democracy.
The representatives of the unorganised sector raised the issues of equal wages for equal work, Minimum wages, inability of the govt to give minimum wages, breach of guarantee under article 21 of the constitution of India, while the schemes provided by the government are not being delivered to the stakeholder.
Responding to the concerns, Rahul Gandhi highlighted the NYAY scheme announced earlier by the Congress in 2019 that guarantees minimum annual income for every poor family of Rs. 72000. He also laid special emphasis on Mathadi Act. Expressing gratitude to the delegations for voicing their concerns, He said that the demonetisation was not only a mistake but also part of the BJP’s strategy to confine power and money to the pockets of a few, just like GST that was imposed upon the country, because the BJP wants to finish the MSME sector. He highlighted that this strategy of the BJP gives rise to poverty unemployment, inflation and hinders the development of our nation.
Amidst thousands of tricolors, Rahul Gandhi along with Bharat Yatris, Pradesh Yatris and many others walked a total of 24 kms on Wednesday, concluding the day at Vajirgaon Phata.