Sangh-affiliated groups on Tuesday voiced reservations over certain policies of the Narendra Modi government, including FDI, intellectual property rights (IPR) in pharma sector besides seeking regularization of contract workers at a meeting of BJP and RSS leaders.
Issues pertaining to the problems of sugarcane farmers and their pending dues with sugar mills, concerns over government allowing field trials on GM crops like Bt Brinjal and giving employee status to anganwadi workers were also raised during the two-hour-long confabulations.
The first meeting of its kind during Modi government’s tenure was aimed at seeking views of such organisations which are working extensively in various fields and improve coordination between the party and affiliates, sources said.
The meeting was attended by senior RSS leaders Suresh Soni and Krishan Gopal, BJP general secretaries Ram Lal and Ram Madhav, who are RSS representatives in BJP, along with some senior functionaries of Sangh-affiliates.
Some union ministers also attended the meeting. They included Prakash Javadekar (Information and Broadcasting), Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture), Narinder Singh Tomar (Labour) and Piyush Goyal (Power).
The Sangh organisations working in the field raised concerns over various issues and asked the government not to rush into any action that could harm the interests of the common man, sources said.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh raised concerns of the labour class demanding that the government regularise the services of contract workers and anganwadi workers, the sources said.
Kisan Sangathano raised concerns of Sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh and their plight with sugar mills not paying remunerative prices to their produce and delayed payments.