In India, the wives of two Cabinet Ministers have led an anti-government demonstration over increased prices for basic foods.
GV EXTERIOR Parliament House in New Delhi (2 shots)
CU Demonstrators holding placards reading "we want cheaper bread, not chocolate"
CU Placard reading "This Budget spreads dirt and disease --lift levy on soap and oil"
CU Demonstrators, led by Cabinet Ministers' wives, walking down street chanting
CU Demonstrators marching and woman banging tin (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators with banners and placards walking down street leading to Parliament House (2 shots)
SV Crowd, including Mrs. Laila Fernandes, wife of Industries' Minister, waving and chanting
The February budget gave tax concession worth more than 320-million (U.S.) dollars to India's farmers. But critics say the main beneficiaries of the tax concessions have been farmers with large holdings. Prices of essential consumer goods, such as salt, potatoes, clothing and fuel, have continued to rise.
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Background: In India, the wives of two Cabinet Ministers have led an anti-government demonstration over increased prices for basic foods. About five hundred women in New Delhi took part in the demonstration on Easter Monday (16 April).
SYNOPSIS: Parliament House in New Delhi was the target for the demonstrators. They carried a petition -- denouncing increased taxes in the recent budget -- and this they handed over to Finance Minister, Mr. Charan Singh. Most of the women came from New Delhi's slum area and local villages where the higher prices are most felt.
Leading the marchers were the wives of the Industries Minister, George Fernandes, and the railways Minister, Madhu Dandavate. Also there were several members of the ruling Janata Party.
The memorandum prepared by the women said they were often unable to feed their children on bread twice a day. Of India's 255 million children under fourteen, more than half are undernourished.