ASHA workers protest over remuneration

ASHA workers staging protest in Srinagar on Thursday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
ASHA workers staging protest in Srinagar on Thursday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Jan 19: Scores of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and contingent paid workers working in Education Department today protested against what they called the apathy of the Government in resolving their long pending demands which included the hike in their monthly honorarium and regularization of services.
Under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) Jammu and Kashmir State Committee, scores of workers assembled here in Press Colony and demanded immediate redressal of their long pending demands.
“I am unable to comprehend this indifferent attitude of Government towards us.  Despite all odds, we have been rendering our services round the clock but only get meager remuneration. Time and again the Government has made promises and has failed to deliver”, Tahira, an ASHA worker, said.
She also demanded immediate implementation of Supreme Court ruling regarding “equal wages for equal work”. “The order should be immediately implemented and our monthly honorarium should be hiked to at least Rs. 18000 per month”, she demanded.
The protesters further demanded that the workers should be entitled to all the social security benefits and appealed Government for adequate financial allocation for the schemes meant for their welfare.