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ASHA workers stage 36-hour protest

Staff Reporter

Permanent solution to their problems sought


The workers commence their agitation on Monday

They prepare their meal outside the Collectorate


KAKINADA: Hundreds of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), under the aegis of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), staged a continuous protest for 36 hours in front of the district Collectorate here demanding permanent solution to their long-pending problems.

The workers, who commenced their agitation on Monday, continued it till Tuesday evening.

Slogans raised

Raising slogans against the State government and demanding payment of monthly salaries instead of the payment of honorarium, the activists sat in front of the main gate of the Collectorate.

They prepared their meal outside the Collectorate and slept in a tent arranged on the roadside on Monday night.

‘Funeral' rally

The activists took out a ‘funeral' rally with the effigy of the State government on Tuesday afternoon to register their protest.

CITU leaders D. Seshu Babji, M. Veera Lakshmi and K. Krishnaveni, who addressed the activists, said that there was no response from the government to the indefinite strike launched by the ASHA workers on December 13 and the present agitation was to highlight the problems of the workers.

Raw deal alleged

They said that it was unfair on the part of the government to reduce the honorarium fixed for the workers and demanded that salaries must be announced to all workers in place of the present system of honorarium.

Main gate closed

The police closed the main gate of the Collectorate and diverted the traffic, as the road in front of the Collector's office was occupied by the workers.

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