Srinagar: A week after calling off their hunger strike following “assurances” from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, the Anganwari workers began a hunger strike again citing “no developments” on the issue.
Dozens of workers assembled inside the press enclave here in Srinagar and raised slogans against the government, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and the Social Welfare Minister Sajad Gani Lone.
A senior member of the Anganwadi workers association, Yasmeena Dar told Kashmir Reader that they had called off their hunger strike previous week following assurances by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan that the demands of the workers and helpers will be addressed.
“But in spite of the passing of more than ten days nothing has been done. We believe authorities are just playing games with us,” she said.
Another protester Yasmeena said that, “We had a meeting with Divisional Commissioner today and he told us that a committee has been formed to look into our demands and it will take some time. We have an apprehension that the committee will take more than enough time to look into our demands so we decided to resume hunger strike until our just demands are met,” said.
Anganwadi workers of the state under the banner of All Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association have been protesting for the past one month demanding an increase in their wages from 3600 to 10000 rupees and regularization of their services.