The issue of the recent hike in petrol price has reached the Bombay High Court,with an activist filing a public interest litigation demanding a rollback of the fare. The petitioner,Rajendra Phanse,terms the hike as undemocratic and arbitrary. He contends that the decision should have been placed before both houses of Parliament,which was not done. Phanse also questions why the decision was taken when the House was not in session. The PIL,which has been filed through lawyer V P Patil,also suggests setting up of a Petrol,Diesel,CNG and LPG Regulatory Commission at the national level. The court has asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the petition to the respondents in the case and has posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.
Protests against policies on workers
A slew of protests against the state policies regarding workers was held at Azad Maidan on Monday. CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy led a massive march of farmers,agricultural labourers,contract workers and other unorganised sector workers to the Assembly to press demands of pension and social security schemes for them. The Maharashtra State Electricity Labour Union Congress,headed by Nishikant Bhosale Patil,and Kantrati Electricity Labour Union also staged a similar protest at Azad Maidan demanding abolition of contracts and direct delegation of work from the state electricity board. The demands have been put forward to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.