Protesters demand minimum of Rs 18,000 wages

Protesters demand minimum of Rs 18,000 wages

Asha, anganwadi and mid-day meal workers staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office in Madikeri on Wednesday.

The protesters took out a procession from General Thimayya Circle and shouted slogans against the government.

They urged the government to fix minimum wages of Rs 18,000 per month. "There are 28 lakh mid-day meal workers in the country, who have been effectively implementing the programme to provide nutritious food for children. However, there are no social security schemes and minimum wages for these workers. On the other hand, the workers are harassed in the name of payment of honorarium. Asha workers are paid on the basis of their work while mid-day meal workers are paid only 10 months in a year," said the protesters.

"In the 45th All India Labourers Convention, a resolution was passed urging the government to implement minimum wages for Asha, anganwadi and mid-day workers. However, both the UPA and NDA governments have neglected the demand," they complained.

A memorandum was submitted to deputy commissioner P I Sreevidya by the Anganwadi Workers' Association, Asha Workers' Association and Mid-day Meal Workers' Association on the occasion.

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