After raising the issue of pending dues of sugarcane farmers in the state, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC General Secretary and in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Monday focused on raising the employment issues affecting anganwadi workers, shiksha mitra, adhoc teachers, auxiliary nurses in the state and how their plight was “neglected” by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav, too, raised the same issues on Twitter today.
In a series of tweets over the past 24 hours, along with the photographs of delegations that she met during her visit to Lucknow last month, Priyanka alleged that BJP leaders were busy in “T-shirt marketing” rather than focusing on the issues of the needy.
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In a tweet Monday morning, where she raised the issues of “Shiksha Mitra” (Para-teachers), Priyanka said, “Uttar Pradesh ke Shiksha mitron ki mehnat ka roj apman hota hai, sainkron piriton ne atma gatya kar dali. Jo Sadko par utre, sarkar ne unpar lathiyan chalayi, rasuka darja kiya (The hard work of shiksha mitra in Uttar Pradesh has been insulted. Many affected have committed suicide. Those who protested on road, were lathicharged, NSA was imposed on them).”
She wrote, “Bhajapa ke neta T-shirton ki marketing mein vyast hain, kash vey apna dhyan dardamandon ki oar bhi dalte. #sanchibaat (BJP leaders are busy in T-shirt marketing. Wish they would focus on the needy as well).”
In another tweet on contract teachers along with the photograph of their delegation with her, whom she met during her visit to Lucknow, Priyanka targeted UP CM Yogi Adityanath to provide them promised honorarium wrote, “Main Lucknow mein anudeshkon se mili, Uttar Pradesh ke mukhyamantri ne unka mandeh Rs 8470 se Rs 17,000 ki ghoshna kit hi. Magar Ajtak anudeshkon ko matra Rs 8470 hi milta hai. Sarkar ke jhoodhe prachar ka shoar hai, lekin anudeshakon ki avaj gum ho gayi #Sanchibaat”(I met anudeshak in Lucknow, who were promised hike of honorarium from Rs 8470 to Rs 17,000 by Chief Minister but the honorarium remains the same. While there is noise about campaign of lies, the voice of anudeshaks has been lost)
A day before Priyanka raised the issue of ASHA workers, who assist the pregnant women and in delivery and wrote about how despite helping pregnant women for 9 months and taking care of her health, they get just Rs 600. She alleged that BJP Government did not bother about raising their honorarium.
“Unhe jumle nahi, jawab chahiye #Sanchibaat.” wrote Priyanka. She also raised the issue of anganwadi workers to be made state employees and alleged that instead of fulfilling their demands and listening to their issues BJP government lathicharged them.
“Meri behanon ka sangharsha, mera sangharsha hai. #Sanchibaat,” wrote Priyanka, along with a photograph with a delegation of Anganwari workers.
Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also targeted the BJP government over its “neglect” of demands of these contractual employees.
He tweeted a picture, which listed 10 such employment issues in the state including Shiksha mitra, “shiksha prerak”, Gram Rojgar sewal, Asha Bahu, Anganwari workers, cooks,anudeshak etc, it further read “ En logon ko sthayi rojgar chahiye, na Ki chaukidar”.
It may be mentioned that there is considerable number of these contractual employees in the state, who have long been demanding either hike in their honorarium or status of state employees along with other benefits. While some of these demands were prevalent during the previous government as well, Congress is focusing this section giving them a patient hearing and also a promise to find solution to their demands, once in power.
Sources said Priyanka was likely to meet more such delegations during her campaign, the second phase of which is likely to start from March 27.