Privatisation of mid-day meal scheme: Employees stage protest

Privatisation of mid-day meal scheme: Employees stage protest


Forwarding the memorandum to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa through CEO of Zilla Panchayat, they demanded that the idea of privatisation of the mid day meal scheme is highly unjust and hence should be dropped immediately.
The government has drastically failed to take up beneficiary measures in the interest of the people working in the schools. More than 1 lakh women work in the mid day meal scheme all over the State, they said.
Their other demands include immediate increment in the daily wages of the workers to a minimum of Rs 74 per day, introducing insurance facilities to the employees who suffer tragedy during the working hours, guaranteed work security as well as facilities like maternity leave and remuneration.
Speaking on the occasion, CPI(M) leader Vishwanath Rai said that mid day meal scheme is the only way to reduce the number of drop outs in the schools and the government decision to privatise the scheme is wrong. It may yield bad fortune on the employees of the scheme. Minimum wage should be assured to the workers who currently work for very low wages, he opined.
Zilla Committee Secretary Ramesh Mendon, District President Dasu Bhandari, Kundapur Taluk President Rathnavathi, Sharada Bhandari and others were present.

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