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BMS demands rollback of HR Policy concerning Anganwadi workers, helpers
1/14/2023 10:31:35 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 14: Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) addressed a press conference focusing on current burning issues confronting working classes in UT of J&K. The press conference was attended by Ashok Choudhary, Organizing Secretary BMS J&K, Harbans Choudhary, Working President BMS J&K and Neelam Sharma, General Secretary BMS J&K.
Ashok Choudhary while addressing said that Social Welfare Department announced Comprehensive Human Resource Policy for Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers, under which the maximum age limit for Anganwadi workers/helpers has been fixed at 60 years which is not acceptable since in rest of India many states follow physical fitness as criteria for retirement and many other states have fixed the age for Anganwadi workers/helpers at 65 years. But UT administration seems to have not researched on the issue thoroughly and so came up haphazardly with maximum age limit of 60 years, due to which all of a sudden thousands of women working under the scheme, who have been working under the scheme for decades, have suddenly become unemployed and to add up to the misfortune of Anganwadi workers and helpers, they will be relieved / retired from the services without any compensation / retirement / disengagement amount / honorarium even after giving services for decades. According to an estimate, 50 percent (30000) Anganwadi workers and helpers will be relieved / disengaged by the coming March under the draconian policy issued by the UT administration.
Neelam Sharma general secretary BMS said that the Anganwadi workers/helpers in some states are being given a lump sum amount at the time of relieving/disengaging. For example, in West Bengal, the maximum age limit for relieving workers and helpers has been kept at 65 years and Workers and helpers are given lump sum amount of 3 lakh. No such provision has been kept in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover this hue and cry is doing the rounds when state share in total monthly honorarium is meager amount of Rs. 600 for Anganwadi workers and Rs. 300 for Anganwadi helpers which seems as inhuman and unreasonable and above this the present policy is like sprinkling salt on wounds which cannot be tolerated at any cost.
Harbans Choudhary addressed that Before March 31, 1994, all the daily wage labourers who used to work in the government department were regularized under SRO 64. All the daily wage laborers who were employed in the Jal Shakti Department from 1994 to 11/2005 were considered legitimate by the government in 2009 and the Finance Department used to issue their salaries every month, whose number was 4905 in Jammu and 3036 in Kashmir. The Division Bench of High Court of J&K has also ordered that the employees who have been engaged from 1994 to 6/11/2001 are entitled to SRO 64. And the employees who are appointed after that are entitled to SRO 520. BMS is of considered view that as J&K High Court division bench decision pronounced in 2018 must be implemented in letter and spirit for addressing this issue confronting Daily Wagers across J&K. BMS further demands that VDA must be implemented alongwith minimum wages which was recommended in 2016 by the committee constituted by the then J&K Govt.
BMS also demands that recruitment process which has been hy jacked by the touts and vested interests they should be punished in a visible way in time bound manner and the recruitment process must be initiated without any further delay.
Harbans Choudhary further said that there is no clearty in EPFO J&K as poor workers tax is being deducted and no specific guide line has been issued by the EPFO J&K since prior to 2019 there was no any such problams BMS demands that EPFO must publish in news papers reasons of Tax deductions on EPF and ways to save the tax and workers also complain that they also visit time and again for small corrections and further alleged that in Jammu Kashmir there is poor coverage of industrial workers under EPF and ESI.
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