Provide Rs 50 lakh insurance to frontline workers: Tarigami

Asha and other scheme workers staging protest in Jammu on Friday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Asha and other scheme workers staging protest in Jammu on Friday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Asha workers stage protest

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 24: Asha Workers besides several other Scheme workers today held strong protest demanding enhancement of wages, regularization and other benefits in their favour.
A large number of workers led by senior CPI (M) leader, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami ( Ex-MLA) assembled at Press Club of Jammu and held strong protest demonstration. They were raising slogans in favour of their demands and anti-employee policies of the Central Government. Several workers were carrying banners and placards displaying their demands.

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While addressing hundreds of protesting workers, Tarigami criticized the Government and J&K Administration for their anti-worker policies. They said that employees is facing exploitation at the hands of present Government.
Tarigami said today’s protest was held under Joint Platform of Scheme Workers Federations (INTUC, AITUC, CITU, TUCC etc). In this regard a memorandum was also submitted to the Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi after protest by the Central body leaders and workers. This protest programme was part of country wide strike programme of Scheme workers.
The CITU leader demanded safety gears, Insurance cover, risk allowance, death compensation during pandemic, regularization, minimum wages, social security and pension for the frontline Scheme workers. Ex-MLA said that all the frontline scheme workers should be provided Rs 50 lakh Insurance cover, additional Covid Risk Allowance of Rs 10,000 per month for all the contract and scheme workers engaged in Covid-19 duty, adequate compensation in case of death due to Covid, make Centrally sponsored Schemes like ICDS, NHM, MDMS as permanent, implement the recommendations of 45th and 46th ILC for regularization of Scheme workers as permanent workers, withdraw proposal of privatization of vital and basic services like Power, ICDS and Health; enact regulation for right to universal health care. After protesting for over an hour, the Scheme workers dispersed.