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Health workers hold massive protests against Jagan’s failed promise

State Government health workers held a massive protest in Vijayawada demanding that Chief Minister Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy implement the promises he made to them before the elections. 
 
Thousands of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers and Community Health Workers arrived from all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh and held a massive demonstration at Lenin Centre demanding that the government pay them Rs 10,000 salary per month as was promised by Jagan.
 
Raising anti-government slogans, the health workers also demanded that the honorarium which is paid over and above the salary which is pending since four months be paid immediately. 
 
“During his padayatra (walkathon), Jagan promised to increase our salaries from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 10,000 per month. After becoming the CM, he announced the increase in our salaries but we are not being paid Rs. 10,000. Instead, the government is grading the workers under A, B,C categories depending on the kind of services we provide,” said workers’ leader, P. Mani. 
 
She added that the B and C grade workers are not getting the Rs. 10,000 that was promised by Jaganmohan Reddy. “All of us voted overwhelmingly in favour of YSRCP thinking that Jagan would keep his promises but we are very disappointed,” she explained.
 
The workers gathered under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh ASHA Workers Union which is affiliated to Centre of Indian Trade Union. Since Sunday morning, the state government tried to prevent the women from gathering at Vijayawada. Workers alleged that police stopped buses and forcibly evicted them and told them to go home.

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