CITU to protest again on Sep 15

March to DCs office organised


They were speaking at a press conference held at Prantha Raitha Sangha’s premises here. M Munirajamma representing Anganwadi workers and B S Nagaratna representing Mid day meal scheme workers were also present put across their view.

The organised workers staged protest at all the taluk centres from September 7 to 11 demanding minimum wages. However, there was no positive outcome to the protest and hence the march to Deputy Commissioner’s office has been organised, they added.
 The gram panchayats are not paying the minimum wages fixed by the government to its workers. The difference amount is being utilised for other purpose. The monthly wages of Mid day meal scheme workers varies from Rs 400 to 800 and that of Anganwadi workers is Rs 1,250 to 2,500, much lower than other government employees. More over none of the benefits enjoyed by the government employees are given to these workers, they added.

“The wages of the gram panchayat, Mid day meal scheme and all unorganised workers should be raised to Rs 6,000 to 10,000 per month. The Government Order dated March 25, 2008 which fixed the minimum wages for gram panchayat workers should be enforced. The organised workers should be provided social securities and BPL cards should be extended to them. However, unit-based rationing system should abolished and 14 essential items should be provided to them through PDS”, they demanded.

“ The government should give promotion to gram panchayat workers and Account’s officer and should regularise their service. The services of the contract workers working in Government, quasi-government,corporation, boards, public and private sectors should be regularised,” they urged government.

The Labour department should act to enforce the labour laws, they added.

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