Budget 2023-24: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is holding a pre-budget meeting with different stakeholders regarding the budget to be presented for the financial year 2023-24. Even after the end of the Corona epidemic, this meeting is happening virtually. A virtual meeting is also going to be held with the trade unions on November 28, 2022, regarding which the country’s major unions have expressed strong opposition.
Expressed protest by writing a letter to the Finance Minister
On behalf of the Central Trade Unions, writing a letter to the Finance Minister has expressed unhappiness over the pre-budget meeting being held virtually. In the letter, these unions have told the Finance Minister that this meeting has been called in a virtual manner despite complete relaxation of the restrictions from Corona. These unions have also objected to the fact that 12 trade unions are participating in the pre-budget consultation, yet only 75 minutes have been fixed for the meeting. It has been written in the letter that according to the Ministry of Labor, there are a total of 12 trade unions in the country and if the opening speech is added according to custom, then each trade union was given 5 minutes or less to present its point of view. Is.
demand for physical meeting
Central Trade Unions told the Finance Minister that such a meeting in a democratic polity with key stakeholders like labor unions who represent the most productive section of the society, who are actually creating the biggest value to the GDP and the economy To what extent it is reasonable to do so. In such a situation, we express our strong protest against the customary approach of the government. The trade unions have urged the Finance Minister to reconsider the decision and hold face-to-face talks with the trade unions with proper time-allocation for effective consultation in the pre-budget meeting.
The meeting will be only for 75 minutes
This letter to the Finance Minister has been written on behalf of 10 organizations including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. A pre-budget meeting with trade unions has been called on 28 November 2022 from 11 am to 12.15 pm.
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