Touted to be the pillars of various welfare schemes in the state, the village and ward volunteers in Andhra Pradesh gave an unexpected shock to Jagan-led government on Monday.
Into details, tensions ran high in various parts of the state, when village and ward volunteers staged a protest demanding a minimum wage of 12,000 per month, job security, ESI and bus pass facility.
The protesting volunteers raised slogans against the government lashing out that the salary given to the ration truck drivers was not even given to them. “We worked hard even during the pandemic and a mere salary of Rs 5,000 is no match to the services we render,” said a volunteer who participated in the demonstration.
This sudden backlash came as a shock to the state government which is already in neck-deep issues. Will CM Jagan and his team heed to the protests..?
It can be noted that currently, the volunteers are on leave as they have been taken off Panchayat election duty by a diktat from the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. They are expected to return to work on Wednesday.