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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

AAP lends support to anganwari agitation

AAP lends support to anganwari agitation
AAP leaders sit with anganwari workers and helpers during a protest outside the residence of Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti in Bathinda on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan sharma

Nikhila Pant Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 16

Giving a political twist to the prolonged protest launched by anganwari workers and helpers in favour of their demands, Aam Aamdi Party leaders came out in support of the workers and sat with them during their protest outside the residence of Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti on Wednesday.

AAP district president Navdeep Singh Jidda, halqa in-charge Jagsir Singh, district vice-president Amrit Aggarwal, senior vice-president Mahinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh participated in the stir.

The anganwari workers and helpers have been observing a hunger strike outside the residences of all Congress ministers and leaders across the state since May 14 and would continue to do so till May 19.

Raising slogans against the state government, Jidda said, “It’s been a year since the Congress formed the government in the state, but the party is yet to fulfil the promises it made to the voters. The employees, especially those working on contractual and outsourcing basis have been left high and dry by the government.”

He added that while the party had promised that jobs of those working on contractual and outsourcing basis would be regularised and new recruitments would be made, none of the promises have been kept.

“Instead of regularising their jobs, the government has driven them on the path of protest by trying to shut down the anganwari centres and shifting the students to pre-primary classes in elementary schools,” he added.

Aggarwal derided successive state governments for neglecting the cause of the employees.

“In this age of inflation, the anganwari workers and helpers are being paid Rs 5,600 and Rs 2,800 per month, which is meagre remuneration. The state government should increase their salaries with immediate effect, regularise their jobs, give them insurance cover, completely shut down the pre-primary classes and bring back the children in the age group of 0-six years to the centres,” he said.

The AAP leaders also took a dig at Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and said for close to three months, the minister hadn’t gone to his city office located near Multipurpose Sports Stadium as he didn’t want to face the protesting anganwari workers.

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