‘Protect working class in JK’

JAMMU: CPI (M) Wednesday stressed on the need for strict implementation of regulations that guarantee protection of “unprotected” working class in the state.
“There seems to be a systematic and routine violation of labour laws in J&K. There is a need for strict implementation of regulations guaranteeing protection to the ‘unprotected’ working class in the state,” CPI (M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said while speaking on the grants of Social Welfare Department in Legislative Assembly here.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the New Delhi’s decision to cut allocations in Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by more than half from Rs 18,108 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 8,245.77 crore.
“This is nothing but open attack on poor and most malnourished section of our population,” he added.
The CPI (M) leader also demanded immediate steps for increasing the honorarium to Anganwadi workers and helpers at par with Haryana and for covering them under pension, gratuity and other social security benefits.
Tarigami said the working class has been living under “pathetic conditions” and are even denied minimum rights guaranteed under various statutes.
He demanded streamlining of the Provident Fund (PF) and asked the authorities to issue smart cards and to make workers’ accounts online.