Yediyurappa favours extending working hours for labour to please PM Modi, says Kumaraswamy

HD Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru, May 12: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is also considering relaxing some key labour laws in line with those brought in other BJP ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.BJP is in favour of labour laws that include extending work hours.

Congress and other Opposition parties have criticised the move by the BJP led government saying the interests of the people should be taken case of.
JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy asked Yediyurappa to work in the interest of the people and not budge under any pressure from the centre or to please the Prime Minister or someone else.

Kumaraswamy accused the government of bringing such “anti people” amendment through ordinance during lockdown as none can come out on the streets and protest against it.

He also warned the BJP government in the state against amending the agricultural marketing laws i.e. bringing modifications in the APMC act, so as to remove restrictions on sale of farm produce and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere.

Kumaraswamy said the Cooperative Minister himself had said that the decision to dilute APMCs powers will result in losses of no less than Rs 600 crore to the exchequer and that the state will have to abide by it as it was the decision taken by the centre.

“This amendment will end Agricultural Produce Market Committees and help big private companies. There will be no protection to farmers,” he said.

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