SRINAGAR, MAY 01 – Paying tributes to Jammu Kashmir’s labour class, for its invaluable contribution towards the upliftment of the society, Apni Party Chief Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that, like in any vibrant human society, the labour class in J&K has been giving its blood and sweat in order to contribute to their share to the development of the region. He emphasised the need to ensure a dignified life and economic welfare to the people that belong to this hardworking class of society, a press note said.
In his message on International Labour Day (May Day), Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that every year this day reminds us of the sacrifices made by labour class population over the years and decades for the economic growth of the society. This occasion also provides us an opportunity to renew our pledge to achieve rights for this inseparable class in our society.”
Promising that if Apni Party gets a chance to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, it will leave no stone unturned to ensure the elevation of labour class from both organized as well as unorganized sectors, Mr. Bukhari said, “All the economic advancement and prosperity that we are striving for as a society relies on the labour class. Therefore, we ought to ensure that the living standard of our labour force is improved. I can assure you that Apni Party has a clear vision about the upliftment of the labour class in our society. We will ensure better working conditions, job security, health insurance, and more for these hardworking individuals.”
“We will implement required measures and welfare programs aimed at protecting the rights and improving the lives and livelihood of working-class people in Jammu and Kashmir.” He added.
Referring to Kashmir’s history, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that the labouring class of our society has made significant sacrifices in their struggle for their rights, over the decades. He said, “When we delve into our history, we find that there was an organised resistance against the economic exploitation of our labouring class even one and half century ago here. On April 29, 1865, as many as 28 Kashmiri weavers (Shawl Baufs were killed in Srinagar’s downtown as they were protesting against the unjust taxation imposed on them by the then autocrat rulers. Although the situation has improved significantly over the past 158 years, we still have a long way to go to ensure that these hardworking individuals receive dignified earnings and all the rights guaranteed to them by the constitution.”
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