Mangalore, April 20: The first DK District Hamali Workers’ conference under the aegis of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was held at NGO Hall, Hampankatta on Tuesday, April 20.
M Ali Hasan, President, Muslim Workers’ Association, welcomed the gathering.
B Madhav, vice President, CITU Karnataka State Council, in his inaugural speech, said that the Hamalis who have suffered from untouchability, are now united. The CITU works towards removing injustice from the society and it struggles in more ways than one for the benefit of labourers, he said. He also alleged that B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister, has only fulfilled his communal agendas and not worked for the poor.
Sunil Kumar Bajal, President of the welcome committee, in his address, appealed to the government to provide BPL facility for Hamali workers.
K Mahanthesh, General Secretary, Hamali Workers’ State Federation, presided over the function and said that the State Governmnet has presented a pivture of inequality by allocating Rs 60 Crores to Mutts in the state budget.
J Balakrishna Shetty, President, CITU D.K District, Vasanth Acharya, Secretary, CITU D.K District, Hamali Workers and many others were present.