Anganwadi workers protest again for salary hike

Anganwadi workers protest again for salary hike
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Thursday protested again in Srinagar, demanding increase in honorarium and other benefits.
Scores of the protestors assembled here at Paratap Park and shouted slogans against the state government.
The protesters said that they have come out to protest to pursue for their demands, and they will continue to demonstrate till the government will take any proper decision regarding their issues.
They said all the Anganwadi centres in Jammu and Kashmir will remain closed and they will not take any food from the state government in this year.
The protestors demanded increase in honorarium for both workers and helpers in Anganwadi centres.
President of Anganwadi Centres Association, Tasleema Subhan 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 to helpers and three hundred rupees to workers. Extra honorarium is providing by the central government”.
She added: “We are demanding maximum honorarium of 9,000 rupees for workers and 13,000 for helpers.”
She said that they are paid rupees 600 rupees from the last 15 years. “We are almost 61000 employees and we demand justice from the government,” she said.
District President of Anganwadi Centres Association of Kupwara, Khanam Rafiqa said, “We have worked for the state, but it’s so unfortunate that we are being neglected by the government now. Our salary of last six months is still pending.”
She also questioned that why the government is not paying any heed towards their woes. “If the government is not ready to increase our salary, then we will close this scheme in the state,” Rafiqa announced.
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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