GUWAHATI, May 1 - Maintaining the social distancing norms, the working class today observed the International Workers� Day � or May Day � across the State.
Like other organisations, the Assam Tribune Employees� Union (ATEU) also observed the day in a low-key affair. In the morning, the flag was hoisted by the ATEU president Shiva Prasad Deka in its permanent office. Then, senior employee of the Assam Tribune group Manoranjan Sarkar hoisted the flag on the premises of the Assam Tribune building.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarkar said, �Today we are going through a very critical period. The coronavirus has become a threat to all of us. In our country, already the disease has taken the lives of a number of people. The disaster is taking place because of the lack of farsightedness among the policy-makers.�
Citing that the labour class people have been suffering a lot due to the medical emergency, Sarkar stated that �we should remain alert in such a hard time.�
Addressing the gathering, ATEU president Deka said, �The exploitation of labour class people by the corporate sector is still continuing, because the government machinery is favouring them. Our government has always been reluctant in implementation of various labour acts in the proper way.�
He also opined that the government would have to control the corporate sector for the welfare of the labour class. Moreover, all labourers should be united for their greater good.
ATEU general secretary Jiten Kalita explained about the greatness and the historical events related to May Day. A number of ATEU members were present in the programme and everyone followed the social distancing norms and wore face masks.
The Assam State Committee of All India Trade Union Congress also observed the day in its office premises here. Members of the organizations also paid homage to those who died due to COVID-19 and prayed for quick recovery of those battling for survival.