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Mid-day meal workers submits memorandum of 9 demands to Khowai’s District Education Officer

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BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 27th May 2024:   A delegation of mid-day meal workers submitted a detailed memorandum to the Khowai District Education Officer pressing for a series of professional demands aimed at improving their working conditions and financial security.

The deputation was organized by the State Committee of the Cook-Cum-Helpers Welfare Committee and focused on nine key demands. The workers are advocating for a minimum monthly salary of 18,000 rupees, an annual bonus, pension benefits, and regularization of their employment. Other demands included the payment of their salaries for the full year rather than just ten months, timely monthly salary disbursements, the introduction of a Provident Fund (PF), and a retirement payout of Rs 5 lakh. They also urged the authorities to avoid any policy of retrenchment.

In the memorandum, the workers emphasized the need for immediate attention to their demands. “We are struggling to make ends meet with the current wages,” stated Bir Kumar Debbarma, one of the delegation members. “The introduction of a fair minimum salary and other benefits will ensure a more secure future for us and our families.”

Ashok Debbarma added, “The mid-day meal workers play a crucial role in the education system by ensuring that children receive nutritious meals. It is only fair that our contributions are recognized with appropriate remuneration and benefits.”

Swarnalata Debbarma highlighted the issue of salary disbursement, saying, “Receiving our monthly salary on time is essential. Delays create financial instability for many of us who live paycheck to paycheck.”

Ratna Debnath stressed the need for comprehensive benefits, including pensions and annual bonuses. “These benefits are not just about financial support; they are about acknowledging the hard work and dedication we put into our jobs every day,” she said.

The District Education Officer expressed his understanding of the workers’ plight and assured the delegation of his support. “The demands put forth are reasonable and reflect the genuine needs of the mid-day meal workers. I will escalate these concerns to the higher authorities for prompt action,” he stated.

The meeting concluded with a promise from the District Education Officer to take up the issues with the relevant departments and ensure that the workers’ grievances are addressed. The delegation left the office hopeful for a positive response and swift action on their demands.

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