Srinagar : Asking the government to fulfill the genuine demands of Mid-Day Meal Workers, ASHAs, CPWs and Aganwadi workers/ Helpers,CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Thursday said the callous attitude of authorities has created uncertainty among these scheme workers.
Addressing a day-long convention of representatives of these unions at Kulgam, he said the Mid Day Meal Scheme delivers basic services of nutrition, in the schools and Mid Day Meal workers are not being paid minimum wages nor do they have any social security benefits. In the name of ‘honorarium’ or ‘incentive’ they are paid a pittance as low as Rs.1000 per month for ten months a year. He demanded adequate financial allocation to this scheme to ensure proper infrastructure, including kitchen sheds, storage place and safe drinking water etc.
Urging the government to provide a dignified monthly honorarium to ASHA workers who essentially act as backbone of the health structure in rural areas of the state, the CPI (M) leader as per a statement issued to KNS said the custom of paying poor compensation for extreme hard work should come to an end to protect the women folk working in different sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has totally neglected ASHA workers, who are contributing a lot to make NHM a success scheme. The Government must consider the genuine demands of ASHAs which includes minimum wages of Rs 15,000 per month, all social security benefits like pension and gratuity, he said.