Aganwadi workers demand hike in honorarium

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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Mondayprotested again in press enclave Srinagar demanding increase in honorarium and other benefits.

Scores of the protestors assembled here at press enclave and shouted slogans against the state government.

President of Anganwadi workers and helpers association, Tasleema Subhan said, “We are on strike from last 19 days. All Anganwadi Centre in Jammu and Kashmir are closed. The strike will continue till the government will take any proper decision regarding our demands.”

She added: “We are demanding an increase in honorarium, pension, and medical leave for both workers and helpers. We are also demanding the promotion of employees as per the seniority basis. We are paid rupees 600 rupees from the last 15 years. We are almost 61000 employees and have been demanding justice from the government for our genuine rights,” she said.

The protesters have threatened to hit the roads and close all the ICDS projects in the state.

The protestors said that they are working for the state but government is not providing any kind of response towards them.

“Honorarium of last six months is still pending,” she said.

The protestors said that besides doing the ICDS 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.