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Peeved:AITUC members and anganwadi workers staging a protest in Davangere on Friday.
Peeved:AITUC members and anganwadi workers staging a protest in Davangere on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Cases registered against two organisations; Centre slammed for its failure to control price rise

DAVANGERE: Over 550 persons under the banner of the All-India Trade Union Congress and the Anganwadi Workers and Assistants' Federation were arrested when they tried to take out a procession as part of their “jail bharo” programme condemning the failure of the Union Government to contain price rise. They also criticised the Government for not giving anganwadi workers and assistants their due.

The police on Friday arrested the agitators for violating the prohibitory orders in the city. The agitators did not obtain police permission before taking out the procession.

Demands

The protesters, while condemning the rise in prices of essential commodities, demanded a minimum salary of Rs. 6,000 for anganwadi workers and Rs. 3,500 for anganwadi assistants. They said that prices of all commodities had skyrocketed and wondered how the Government expected workers to lead a reasonably decent life with the present pay. They said that hundreds of workers who had served the government for the past 30 years and were now retired, should be given pension and retirement benefits.

Anganwadi workers should be treated on a par with government employees and given provident fund and ESI facility, they said. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said that the police had registered cases against two organisations for violation of the ban orders.

A case had been registered against AITUC for trying to take out a procession, while a case had been registered against the Pragati Para Sanghatanegalu for laying siege to the taluk office.

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