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Joint Protest Demonstration Against the State Repression on Workers of Maruti Suzuki at Shram shakti bhawan




Police Brutally beate the Protesting People and Detained


9th August 2012


On the recent development in manesar plant of maruti Suzuki in which 114 workers including 12 union body members has been arrested and against repression on maruti workers, a joint protest demonstration has been organized by 20 organization and pro people intellectual on 9th august 2012. Protester gathered at UNI building and started their rally towards Shram Bhavan with raising slogan in solidarity with struggling workers and against severe repression on workers. Meanwhile police forces stopped the protester to reach shram bhavan. When the protesters did not succumb to police barricading, the police started abusing and dragging people away. And finally resorted to brutal beating up of the people, even women comrades were not spared. Then police forcibly detailed all those who were protesting and taken to Parliament Street Police Station. We condemn the police atrocity on the peacefully protesting people. We stand by the struggle for Maruti Workers and condemn the role of the State machinery.


The incident of 18th july shows total apathy from the state government, its labor department, civil as well as police administration towards worker’s cause. Workers are facing tough time due to highhanded approach of maruti management, who is in clear connivance with state government and its labor department and they are entirely responsible for the prevailing industrial relations in the manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. The incident of 18th July is one stark example of management manipulation to push the worker in corner. In the afternoon of 18th July, a supervisor in the shop floor abused and made castist comments against a dalit worker of the permanent category, which was protested by the worker. Instead of taking action against the said supervisor, the management immediately suspended the worker concerned without any investigation as was demanded by the workers. When the workers along with Union representatives went to meet the HR to demand against the supervisor and revoke the unjust suspension of the worker, the HR officials flatly refused to hear worker’s concern. The management’s attitude was quite clear: they were in no mood to resolve the issue amicably. They had another nefarious design in their mind. More than 150 bouncers (private goons on the roll of management) were called from outside the plant to attack the workers. They blocked the ingress and out-gress of the plant with clear motive to attack the unarmed workers. This is criminal act on part of the management which must be condemned and immediate cognizance of the issue must be taken by those who are responsible for bringing out industrial peace. The move of the management caused fear in the mind of workers and chaos prevailed over efforts of worker’s union to arrive on an amicable settlement.


Meeting was addressed by representatives of All India Federation of Trade Unions (New),  Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, ICTU, Correspondence, Krantikari Lokadhikar Sangathan, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Mazdoor Patrika, Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Shramik Sangram Committee, s, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, People’s Front, Peoples’ Democratic Front of India, Pragatisheel Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra,  Radical Notes,  Students For Resistance,  Sanhati-Delhi, Jati Unmulan Andolan, Shramik Duniya, Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha, Workers Unity Trade Union.


Organizations feel that the management of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. is entirely responsible for18thJuly incident. Speakers demand that repression against workers should be stop immediately and labor law should be implement properly in all factories and violator should be severely punished as well as only permanent recruitment should be happen for the permanent nature of work. They also demand that:-


  • An independent inquiry by reputed agency of India is constituted immediately to inquire into the whole incident including the role of management in 18thJuly incident.
  • Immediately Release all workers and take back to work who have been falsely implicated in this case and witch hunt of workers be stopped immediately.
  •   Security in-charge of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. be interrogated to get the whereabouts of bouncers involved in the incident of 18th July 2012 and they must be arrested immediately.
  • Managerial staff responsible for employing bouncers must be arrested immediately.
  • Restore labor laws in Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd as well as in other industries in Haryana.
  • F.I.R. under S.C./S.T. prevention of atrocity act be registered against supervisor who have made castist abuse against worker.





‘The concept of progress now is illusory’ #mustread

Published: Thursday, Aug 9, 2012, 11:20 IST
By Subir Ghosh | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA


The genial, lanky man who opens the door to greet you hardly looks like one who should be in the thick of a controversy. But the report of a panel chaired by Madhav Gadgil is today at the centre of a heated debate — that originally hinged on the Western Ghats, but has since been enlarged. Gadgil, in a free-wheeling interview with Subir Ghosh, dwells at length on the Ghats and minces no words about the so-called schism between development and environment.

The report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), which was chaired by you, is in cold storage. After all the work, where do you stand now?
I think I managed to get a very good response, at least from civil society, besides some people in the administration as well as the political system. And possibly, for the first time, a lot of people are reading what has been very objectively recorded about what has happened (in the Western Ghats over the years). I see the report, apart from its specific recommendations, as being a fairly comprehensive documentation. This is something I think is worthwhile. It should reach out to people. Many people, especially the urban middle classes who certainly play a role in terms of public pressure, are simply not aware of the facts on the ground. Our report attempts to get this information out to people. It has certainly got people thinking. I think, in a way, it was a very good thing that they (the government) did not release it to the public, leading to demands that it should be released because people were very curious. Come to think of it, I was looking at a website a few days back and I was surprised to see that a private coaching centre for competitive exams had questions about the Ghats in a sample set. And, mind you, this was for a clerical grade exam for banks. So, if people studying for clerical positions in banks are aware of the issue, I must imagine there is a large number of people who must now be abreast with the (Western Ghats) issue. This is bound to be positive response from the government in the long run. I don’t think it can be dismissed that readily. This may lead to some debate and developments. Even the political class seems to have been taking cognisance. Let’s see what happens.

In other words, if not anything, people are definitely more aware of the Western Ghats issue, by and large?
Definitely. A Malayalam language weekly in Kerala dedicated an entire issue devoted to the Western Ghats developments. Many of the panel members too contributed to the edition. I myself keep writing in a number of Marathi publications. There are some publications that are planning thematic special issues too. By seeing more people becoming aware, the government will eventually have to act.

Given the range of recommendations in the report, many of them were even seen as very stringent. Do you think it was too much for the governments (the Union and states) to take?
The mandate itself was very clear, and we did not step outside the mandate at all. The mandate, among other things, included making recommendations about ecologically sensitive zones, their delineation, etc. The panel’s report has been accepted, though not acted upon. The conclusions were evident. But we certainly realised that all of it cannot be set aside, like those pertaining to the protected areas. We have suggested a set of guidelines, and we have also talked about a starting point for a grassroots level debate. And these are not to be taken as final. A people-oriented process should be set in motion to decide on the exact measures that need to be put in place. It was not a question just of regulatory measures; we have also made a lot of promotional suggestions. One of the positive steps that all the governments can readily accept is to start giving farmers special payments like Australia does for sequestering carbon in the soil. These are things where there is no question of being stringent. Maybe it goes against the interests of the chemicals and fertilisers industry, which is what the government wants to support (and not the farmers). But they cannot openly say that. This apart, we had pointed out that there are a number of laws which are being violated. We need proper monitoring of what is happening and we must have a system in place which will be effective.

Since you mention governments, which one do you think was the most vocal in going against the WGEEP report?
None of them have communicated anything directly to me. Going just by newspaper reports, it is very difficult to judge. For instance, in Karnataka, they seem to be talking more about the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (WHS) status to the Ghats than our report.

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After Chhattisgarh its Bihar- illegal hysterectomy on 14-yr-olds #VAW # Reproductiverights


In Bihar,

illegal hysterectomy — an operation to remove the uterus.

Numerous cases of forced surgeries came to light in Samastipur district following a probe by district magistrate Kundan Kumar. The victims were sometimes girls as young as 12 to 14-year-olds.

There were a number of fake cases too, and in some of them, the operation was shown to have been conducted on men.

“It is not only a case of fraud but a gross violation of medical ethics,” said Kumar, who held a health camp as part of the probe. At the camp, ultrasound tests were conducted on over 3,000 women.

The report, which was finalised on Wednesday, indicts 16 nursing homes in Samastipur, all of which have been issued a showcause notice. The matter also found resonance in the state assembly, where the opposition put the Nitish Kumar government on the mat.

The probe was held when the insurance company, ICICI Lombard, raised an alarm after receiving a bill of a whopping Rs. 17 crore from the 16 nursing homes. A claim of Rs. 10,000 can be made for a single hysterectomy.

“At the camp, we received many complaints that the surgeries were forced,” Kumar said. “Private nursing homes even scared women with prognosis of grave medical complications, like cancer, if the uteruses were not removed.”

State labour minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal — whose department is the nodal agency for the scheme — insisted that  there has been no irregularity. It was decided that the call attention committee of the assembly will probe the matte



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