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4) Despite their crucial role in welfare services, scheme workers continue to struggle for recognition of their rights. Examine.(250 words)

Topic– Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Human Resources.

4) Despite their crucial role in welfare services, scheme workers continue to struggle for recognition of their rights. Examine.(250 words)

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Why this question

The article discusses the plights of the scheme workers in government schemes, the reasons behind their protests, and how government has responded to their protests. These workers play an important role in the implementation of government schemes and their demands and issues need greater examination and analysis.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to discuss the issues faced by the various scheme workers, explain that they perform a crucial role in successful implementation of government schemes and discuss what needs to be done in this regard. We also need to highlight the impact of the prolonged issues and the way forward.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain who the scheme workers are –

anganwadi workers and cooks are among the “scheme workers” across the country who bring the central and state governments’ social welfare schemes to the people. In ­effect, they are the ambassadors and ­implementers of these schemes, many of which are flagship schemes of the respective governments.

Body

  • Explain about their issues
    • All across India, these scheme workers provide core services in basic areas like health, education, and nutrition. Termed as “volunteers,” they are poorly paid, carry a heavy workload, and are not eligible for any benefits that government employees get
    • Their ­unions point out that, despite their workload, they are also expected to carry out government surveys and data collection drives. However, not only are these workers not considered government employees, they are also paid “honorariums” that are disproportionate to the responsibilities they shoulder etc
  • Discuss the important role they play and the impact of such issues
    • Considering their job descriptions and scope, it is obvious that this female-dominated workforce performs a crucial role involving the welfare of marginalised sections.
    • They are the “face” and “hands” of social welfare schemes that cover pregnant women, children, the ill, and the malnourished. Etc
  • Discuss what needs to be done to alleviate their plight.

Conclusion – give a fair and balanced conclusion and discuss way forward.