Asha workers protest seeking regularisation, other demands

Asha workers protest seeking regularisation, other demands
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Umar Fayaz

SRINAGAR: The Asha workers from different districts protested on Wednesday in Srinagar under the banner of All JK Ashaa Workers Union Association (JKAWUA), demanding regularisation of their services and hike in their wages.
Scores of Aasha workers assembled at Pratap Park and raised slogans against the state government “for giving them a little amount from a long time.”
Protesters said they are getting a sum of 1000 rupees for their tiresome work. They said they have been working from 2006, and since then the government have not paid a proper attention to them.
“We are only claiming our right from the government, which they were supposed to give us earlier,” protesters said.
State Secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Union Ab Rashid Najar said that the government should regularise all scheme workers like Aasha workers and Aanganvari workers, and pay them a reasonable amount until regularised. “In other states of India like Tilangana, Aasha workers are getting a minimum wages of 6 to 7 thousand Rupees, while Aasha workers here are suffering due to neglect by the state government,” Najar added.
A protester said that their families are also getting affected as they could not meet their demands. “The amount we are getting is not enough to meet our daily expenses. How can we afford the demands of our families?” she questioned.