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Salary row: Asha workers protest outside Tewari's house

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  HT Correspondent Ludhiana, October 12, 2013
First Published: 18:53 IST(12/10/2013) | Last Updated: 15:54 IST(13/10/2013)

Members of the Asha Workers' Union, Punjab, (Dhillon group), staged a protest in front of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari's house, on Saturday.

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The workers' union blocked traffic for two hours on Pakhowal Road due to which commuters faced inconvenience.

“We have been demanding an increase in our salaries from a long time. We want the union health ministry to give us a monthly salary of at least Rs. 2,500 as we only get incentives,” said Kirandeep Kaur, president of the union.

She demanded regularisation of posts in the state and promote those workers who were eligible to become auxiliary nursing wives.

Earlier, the workers had gathered at deputy commissioner's office at the mini secretariat and then carried out a march towards the minister's home. They sat on a dharna by raising slogans against the governments.

Santosh Kumari, vice-president, said Asha workers were facing discrimination. If the government failed to fulfil the demands the protesters would intensify their agitation.

The workers ended their protest after getting assurance that a meeting would soon be fixed with the union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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