C Times, 29th June 2017, Agartala
Tripura Khet Mazdoor Union (TKMU) members led by Sadar sub-divisional secretary Amril Lal Nath submitted a memorandum to the SDM Sadar requesting him to provide permanent shelter to the homeless and landless agricultural labourers of the state. They have put forth few of their demands that need to be addressed immediately.
First of all TKMU members have requested the SDM Sadar to review the pending applications related to allocation of land/homes for the landless agricultural labourers, that are lying unnoticed in various Tehsils of the subdivision.
Secondly the families of landless and homeless agricultural labourers and unorganised daily workers who do not possess ownership of any land be provided with permanent shelter/land in the form of Abhashan/Quarter.
Thirdly a permanent roof must be allotted to the slum dwellers and labourers residing on the banks of river and canals. Also, the union members are thankful for the state govt. for providing 43 “Pattas” to the agricultural labourers residing under East Agartala Tehsil.
Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union literally ‘Indian Land Workers Union’ is a trade union of agricultural labourers in India. BKMU is politically tied to the Communist Party of India (CPI). BKMU is independent of both the main trade union central of CPI, the All India Trade Union Congress, as well as the farmers’ organisation of CPI, the All India Kisan Sabha.
Around 5% of agricultural labourers in India are union affiliated. BKMU is one of the major unions working amongst them. By 1989 BKMU had a verified membership of 2 million. As per 1999, BKMU claimed a membership of 2.59 million.
The main areas of influence of BKMU are Kerala (where its state unit is known as ‘Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Federation’), Punjab, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh (where its state unit is known as ‘Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham’), Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.