Umerkot: A large number of peasants from various parts of Umerkot district on Wednesday staged a rally for their livelihood and basic rights.
Due to prevailing drought in Thar Desert because of lack of rains, the agriculture production has affected and people are getting sick due to malnutrition.
District Umerkot comprised of both desert and irrigated areas and people in the entire district are suffering hunger, poverty and diseases due to lack of assets, resources and unavailability of basic facilities like education and healthcare in the far flung areas.
The rally started from the office of Sami Foundation office and ended at Umerkot Press Club. It was organized by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Sindh Land Reforms Movement in collaboration with Women Rights Action Forum and Sami Foundation.
Carrying banner and placards inscribed with the demands of provision of social security to all workers and provide agriculture land to the landless peasants. They also demanded the government to provide support to women peasants and provide protection to them from atrocities of influential landlords. They also demanded the government to setup Hari (peasants) courts and provide the labour rights to the peasants as well.
Different speakers in their speeches demanded the government to provide education, health and old age benefits to the peasants as well.
They asked the government to prepare long term projects for development of the desert area and provide a development package for the district Umerkot. Majority of people are deprived of their basic rights and there is a shortage of safe drinking water in rural areas. The agriculture crops in Umerkot district are affected due to shortage of irrigation water as most of the areas in the district are located at the tail end of the Nara Canal.