Mysuru: Urging for fulfilment of their various demands, more than 1,000 Anganwadi workers and nearly 500 ASHA workers staged separate protests near the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) Office here this morning.
The demands of the members of State Anganwadi Workers Association, Mysuru District Committee, who staged the massive protest, include starting of LKG and UKG classes at Anganwadi Centres, release of funds to purchase vegetables and eggs, immediate release of the hiked honorarium made by the Central Government in Oct. 2018, to change the present retirement facilities and introduce LIC-based pension, to pay 75% honorarium to Anganwadi Assistants, to fill vacant Anganwadi and Assistant posts among others.
Association Mysuru District Committee President H.S. Sunanda, General Secretary K.P. Kaveramma, Hunsur President Mangala Gowramma, Nanjangud President M. Manjula and Bilikere President Ajitha led the protest.
Following the indefinite overnight protest call made by Karnataka State Samyukta ASHA Workers Union at the Freedom Park in Bengaluru on July 18, nearly 500 ASHA workers, under the banner of All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), staged a symbolic protest today.
Their demands include payment of monthly minimum honorarium of Rs.12,000, cancellation of linking of honorarium to ASHA Soft or RCH portal, to pay the balance incentives and honorarium immediately, to provide pension to retired ASHA workers, provide retirement benefits, to provide special salaries to ASHA workers working in forest areas and hilly regions, maternity leave and to provide monthly honorarium during holidays just like being done in Delhi among others.
The Union District President Shuba Mangala, Secretary Manjula, Advisor P.S. Sandhya, City President G.S. Seema, AIUTUC District Secretary Chandrashekar Meti, District President Yashodara and others took part in the protest.