Srinagar: The ‘contingent paid workers’ of education department, many of them working between rupees 25 to 100 per month, on Thursday staged a protest demonstration here demanding immediate implementation of the Minimum Wages Act constituted by the government.
The workers, working under different government schemes, assembled under the banner of Centre for Indian Trade Union (CITU), and raised slogans against the government for turning blind eye towards their demands.
“Both High Court and Divisional Commissioner have ordered for immediate implementation of our demands. Still nothing has practical has happened on ground. Even a parliamentary committee in 2012 said that the minimum wages will be rupees 15000 but the state government is unwilling to take any decision in this regard,” Bilal Ahmad, one of its members said.
The protesters said many of them started working in National Health Mission (NHM) for even five rupees. “We have been delivering 24/7 service for a meager amount of rupees 25 and 50 that too from the last 20 years,” they said.
Anganwadi helpers and Asha workers working in Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) across J&K also protested in favour of their demands.
“There are around 2000 helpers working on a meager amount across the valley. It hardly suffices our family expenses,” they said.