AITWF national general secretary K K Divakaran said it has decided to oppose the party in the upcoming general polls because the Congress-led government at the Centre has not implemented recommendations of the V V Giri Labour Institute (VVGLI) reports despite several requests and demonstrations.
    
Divakaran, during the zonal meeting here on Monday, said implementation of the VVGLI recommendations would have improved living conditions of 25 lakh transport workers across the country.
    
He said that the federation had met the Prime Minister as well as the Union Transport minister several times in this regard and even staged a three-day dharna in front of the Parliament which, however, yielded no result.
    
Representatives of the AITWF from Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha were present at the meeting.
    
On the AITWF's demand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had in 2006 directed the VVGLI to conduct a survey and submit reports for the improvement of the socio and economic conditions of transport workers. Three years later, the VVGLI submitted its recommendations.

(Agencies)

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