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Karnataka midday meal cooks' stir off on wage hike assurance

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Thousands of midday cooks from across called off their protest strike on Friday night after the government's wage hike assurance, a said.

"for and Secondary Education and other department officials met us and assured a wage hike after which we're calling off our protest strike,"(CITU) state told IANS here.

The CITU, to which the women cooks' association is affiliated, has been spearheading the protest here for the past four days.

At least 10,000 women cooks from across the state have been protesting here at the Freedom Park grounds in the city centre demanding wage hike, braving the city's cold and rainy nights.

These cooks get Rs 2,200 per month and their helpers Rs 2,100 for dishing out meals to students in state-run and aided schools and have been demanding to get at least Rs 5,000 per month along with pension enrolment.

There are over 119,000 cooks working in the southern state who prepare meals for over 65,000 and secondary schools, feeding at least seven lakh school students each day.

"Since the state budget session is going on, we were told to wait for the wage hike announcement during the budget and were not given any exact hike amount," Varalakshmi said.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with the women cooks' association representatives, Sait reiterated that the government has assured them a wage hike.

"The government has asked the midday cooks to call off their strike and has promised them a hike in their honorarium that will be presented in the budget," he said.

The counterparts of these cooks get a minimum of Rs 400 per day, adding to a monthly earning of around Rs 10,400.

The Midday Scheme was launched by the then Prime in 1995 in a bid to increase enrolment of children from economically weaker sections in schools.

--IANS

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(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 00:04 IST
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