Contractual employees take out march to press for regular jobs

Protesters block bus stand chowk on second day of 3-day stir

Contractual employees take out march to press for regular jobs

Protesters raise slogans against the state government in Patiala on Saturday. photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 18

Contractual employees and workers getting honorarium in various government departments held a protest march here today on the second day of their three-day agitation.

The march began from the PUDA ground and culminated at the bus stand chowk. The protesters, who then blocked the crossing for a while, demanded that the provision of minimum wages should be implemented for ASHA workers, ASHA facilitators and mid-day meal cooks, who had been getting honorarium for years.

They said contractual and outsourced employees of the Forest Department, health workers under the National Health Mission, and non-permanent staff of the Education Department should be regularised without any condition.

Parveen Sharma, convener, Honorarium and Contractual Mulazam Morcha, said they had been protesting against the government for exploiting thousands of workers being paid honorarium. He said they had been assured by the government that they would increase the honorarium of the employees, but nothing was done in this regard.

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