Union Budget 2021-22: Continuing the anti-social offensive to benefit monopoly capitalists

The Budget serves the pursuit of monopoly capitalists of their narrow self-interest, with no concern whatsoever for the insecurity and misery of the masses of working people.

The Union Budget for the coming year 2021-22 was presented on 1st February by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  In order to fully appreciate the content and aim of this budget, it is useful to begin by examining the question: What is the Union Budget?

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Working conditions of Railway worker: Interview with the Secretary General, All India Train Controllers’ Association

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) is carrying out a series of interviews with the leaders of different associations of railway workers, representing the engine drivers, guards, station masters, train controllers, signal and maintenance staff, track maintainers, ticket checking staff, etc. In the fourth part of this series, we are presenting excerpts of the interview of MEL with Com. D. Vara Prasad (DVP), Secretary General, All India Train Controllers’ Association (AITCA).

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Central and state governments are responsible for the highest ever price of petrol and diesel

The prices of petrol and diesel have touched the highest ever levels of Rs 100 per litre and Rs 90 per litre respectively in many parts of the country. The costs of personal transport and goods have increased as a consequence and are putting an unbearable burden on working people. Instead of providing any relief, excuses are being given. The Prime Minister held the previous government responsible for high prices, and is indirectly blaming the international price of crude oil.

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Rising opposition to the budget

There is widespread anger and disgust with the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister on 1st February. With lakhs of jobs being lost, the masses of working families in the cities and countryside expected that the budget would address the burning issue of unemployment. The agricultural cess on various goods including on petrol and cooking gas has also dealt a heavy blow to working families.

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