Allocation of budget in line with prevailing market rate and other facilities sought

VIZIANAGARAM: The government’s decision to centralise cooking of mid-day meal for schoolchildren at mandal headquarters and distribute it to children in various schools elsewhere in the mandal was severely criticised at a meeting of mid-day meal implementing agencies.

The meeting organised by the CITU here on Tuesday felt that the decision would affect 1.50 lakh women workers and demanded that the government drop the proposal.

B. Sudha Rani, convener, Shramik Mahila, said that the implementing agencies had been adopting the scheme against odds that include soaring prices of essential commodities, inadequate facilities and delayed settlement of bills.

These apart, they were not being paid for the work done, she lamented.

T. Suryanarayana, CITU general secretary, also demanded honorarium for women workers, allocation of budget in line with the prevailing market rate and facilities like regular supply of LPG and essential commodities through the Civil Supplies Department. CITU leaders N.Y. Naidu, G. Sarada and others were present.