Yeddyurappa urged to announce pension, retirement benefits
The anganwadi workers in Kodagu on Wednesday urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to announce the much-awaited pension and one-time retirement benefits to those on the verge of retirement before he embarks on a visit to Kodagu on November 15.
State Anganwadi Workers and Assistants Association vice-president T.P. Ramesh told presspersons here that workers and assistants who were involved in the implementation of government programmes were left to fend for themselves.
They identified beneficiaries under the ‘Bhagyalakshmi' programme, helped in the formation of Stree Shakti groups and aided their growth, identified senior citizens to receive government benefits, but anganwadi workers were being ignored by the Government.
The State Government, in its 2009-10 budget, had reserved Rs. 10 crore to disburse pension and one-time retirement benefit to workers and assistants and to certain others working in unorganised sector.
The issue was discussed at the level of the Commissioners, Secretaries and the Cabinet, but it had failed to come into being.
The State Government had held talks with the agencies such as the LIC and the UTI to work out pension modalities, but to no avail, he regretted.
Mr. Yeddyurappa should make an announcement in this regard before his visit to Kodagu since it was expected to benefit over 70,000 workers and assistants in the State, Mr. Ramesh said.
There were four anganwadi workers and assistants associations functioning in the State, but they had come together to present a unified list of demands to the Government in the interest of workers and assistants, Mr. Ramesh added.
He said that at a meeting of the Kodagu association held here on Wednesday, members had expressed that they would stay out of the operation of the ‘Bhagyalakshmi' scheme.
However, they changed their mind to arrive at a decision to present a memorandum to Mr. Yeddyurappa during his visit here on November 15 to distribute Bhagyalakshmi bonds to beneficiaries.
There were 846 anganwadi centres functioning in Kodagu currently.
Anganwadi Workers and Assistants Association Kodagu district unit president Kaveramma, the former president Kasturi, vice-president of the district body Gowramma, its secretary Pushpavati, Madikeri unit president Saroja and Somwarpet unit president Jamuna, were present.