Move to discontinue ASHA, Anganwari workers will be resisted: Tarigami

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, June 11:  State President Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has warned that any move to discontinue centrally-sponsored schemes like NRHM and ICDS will be resisted tooth and nail.
“The ASHA workers have been instrumental in providing better medicare to the rural people, especially the women folk and their young ones, besides ensuring social mobilisation,”  he said.
Tarigami has urged the Government of India to remove apprehensions of ASHA and Anganwari workers who cater to health and elementary education of millions of women and children in the country.
Addressing a day long convention of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held in Budgam, Tarigami said that privatization in the form of restructuring of Integrated Child Development Scheme be stopped and instead all Anganwari workers be regularized as Grade III and helpers as Grade IV Government employees.
He demanded enhancement of State share in the honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers on the pattern of Haryana Government and stressed on regularization of the services of the daily wagers including electricians/plumbers in PHE department, releasing the wages of casual/need based/CPWs.
Tarigami called upon all the workforce of the State to come on a common plate-form and intensify the struggle against the anti-workers policies of the Government.
Tarigami said that social security benefits including gratuity, pension, provident fund, medical facilities etc should be provided to all Anganwari workers and helpers; constitute national level welfare fund for anganwadi employees with contribution from the central and State Governments to ensure this.

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