CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami Thursday said thousands of Anganwadi workers and helpers working under the Social Welfare Department’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Jammu and Kashmir were without wages for the past eight months.
In a letter to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the CPI (M) leader highlighted the issues confronting Anganwadi workers and helpers, and supervisors and helpers to supervisors and urged him to fulfill their genuine demands without any delay.
The letter reads that these employees have been working tirelessly as most of the government schemes are implemented through them.
“Even during the ongoing fight against COVID19 pandemic, they have been at the forefront. Unfortunately, over the years, the government has treated them with utter contempt. In 2018, the government had announced to enhance the honorarium of the workers and helpers by Rs 500 per month. Two years down the line, the promise is yet to be fulfilled,” the letter reads.
Tarigami writes in the letter that another category ‘helpers to supervisors’ who are 852 in number were without wages for the last three years.
“The central share for their wages for the year 2019 has been released but the state share is yet to be released,” he writes in the letter. “The administrative apathy towards their genuine issues is against justice and fair play. They are being denied social security benefits including promotion, gratuity, pension, provident fund, and medical facilities. More than 1500 ICDS supervisors are also without salaries for the last eight months, resulting in immense hardships for them.”
The letter reads that these employees have to feed their families, but despite working hard, they are not paid their wages and salaries on time.
“We hope not only the wages and salaries of these employees are released immediately, but their other genuine demands are also fulfilled at the earliest,” Tarigami writes in the letter.