Anganwadi workers protest again for salary hike, other benefits

Anganwadi workers protest again for salary hike, other benefits
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Wednesday protested in Srinagar, demanding increase in honorarium.
Scores of the protestors assembled outside Press colony here raising anti-government slogans.
The protest was staged in wake of recent statement issued by Finance Minister Hasseb Darbu that “state has nothing to do with Asha and Anganwari workers as they are center sponsored employees.”
The protestors demanded increase in honorarium for both workers and helpers in Anganwadi centres.
Voice- President of Anganwadi Centres Association, Latiefa Ganie, said, “We have already requested the state government to increase the honorarium of anganwadi workers and helpers. The state government is providing six hundred rupees for helpers and three hundred rupees for workers. Extra honorarium is providing by the central government.”
She added: “We are demanding maximum honorarium of 10,000 rupees for workers and 18,000 for helpers.”
She said that we are paid rupees 600 rupees from the last 15 years. “We are almost 61000 employees and we demand justice from the government,” she said.
Another protester said, “We have worked for the state, but it’s so unfortunate that we are being neglected by the government now.”
The protestors said that besides doing the anganwadi work, they also perform duties of health department, education department and social welfare department. “But we are never paid for the extra work,” they said.

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