Demonstration on 5 per cent GDP for Social Security at Jantar Mantar on February 26, 2010

Demanding 5% of GDP allocation towards non –discriminatory, non-targeted universal social security, Social Security Now (SSN) organised a demonstration and rally on February 26, 2010 at Jantar Mantar. About 100 people including workers, representatives of workers’ organisations, civil society organisations, people’s movement and others participated in the demonstration. In response to the union budget 2010, SSN members said that the 1000 crore rupees earmarked for social security for unorganised workers is totally inadequate.

SSN demands also include comprehensive amendments to the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008 - define social security; social security benefits to be included in the body of the Act; extend social security to all people living and working in India,irrespective of status or nature of employment, quantum of wages,

gender, race and caste; provision for dispute settlement; and creation of a social security fund. Social security should address issues such as social inclusion of dalits, displacement of adivasis, housing rights of dalits and adivasis, unpaid work of women, land rights of women and vulnerabilities of migrants.

Prior to this, SSN observed a National Action Day on February 23, 2010 where, SSN members submitted memorandum to district collectors of around 100 districts across the country. Mass meetings and demonstrations were also organised in various places.




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