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Mid-day meal workers oppose privatisation

Mid-day meal workers oppose privatisation
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Demanding the government to release long-pending payments and not to privatise the mid-day meal programme, the workers thronged the Visakhapatnam...

Visakhapatnam: Demanding the government to release long-pending payments and not to privatise the mid-day meal programme, the workers thronged the Visakhapatnam Collectorate and staged a dharna on Monday.

Opposing the government’s move to privatise the programme by setting up community advanced kitchens, women workers staged a protest. They raised their voice against the government and demanded to put a stop such proposals, which would leave over 80,000 workers high and dry.

Addressing the gathering, CITU leader G Koteswara Rao demanded for job security to the mid-day meal workers. He urged the government for immediate release of pending dues since January, this year. “Even as government is not paying the bills regularly, the women workers are bringing the commodities on credit to feed the children.

They are facing lot of trouble and government is not recognising the selfless services of the workers and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is trying retrench them,” he alleged.Andhra Pradesh Mid-Day Meal Workers Association leaders Vara lakshmi, Aruna, Prasasnna and Mangatayaru also spoke.

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