LAHORE: Around 150,000 Wapda workers observed ‘Protest Day” yesterday across the country under the aegis of All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union CBA, says a press release.

They urged the government to allocate adequate resources for developing cheaper Hydel power stations and new water dams like Tarbela and Mangla to provide cheaper electricity to the national industries, agriculture and commerce.

They demanded of the prime minister to introduce reforms for raising productivity of the national electricity entities and providing security to the electricity field staff during the course of prevention of the pilferage of electricity.

At this occasion, the workers held protest rallies in all the provinces including Quetta, Hyderabad Sukkur, Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Abbottabad, Mardan, Swat, Peshawar and others.

At Lahore, the workers from the various parts of the city gathered at Bakhtiar Labour Hall and held a rally at Lahore Press Club square which was presided over by Veteran Trade Union Leader Khurshid Ahmed and was also addressed by renowned journalist IA Rehman, Secretary General Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Ch Muhammad Anwar President Railway Workers Union, Haji Muhammad Younus, Rana Abdul Shakoor, Ch Maqsood Ahmed, Muzaffar Mateen, Syed Sajid Kazmi, Sh Muhammad Shoaib, Rana Akram, Noushreen Khan, Akbar Ali Khan Addl. General Secretary, Osama Tariq Secretary All Pakistan Workers Confederation and others.

The rally in a resolution demanded of the prime minister not to privatise profitable electricity distribution companies since the electricity is a basic need of the citizens.

The government should hand over electricity companies to either Wapda or Pepco completely instead of keeping their control by the private members of board of directors without any investment of single penny.

It declared that the workers would hold march towards Islamabad if government did not review its decisions. The working class also appealed to the prime minister to intervene and hold dialogue with PIA. By another resolution, the house expressed deep condolence over the tragic killings of the innocent students and professor at Bacha Khan University Charsadda.

It demanded of the prime minister to adopt “National Economic Self Reliance Policy” by abolishing feudalism and developing national industries and agriculture and commerce to overcome rising poverty.