Anganwadi workers continue to protest, demand increase in honorarium

Anganwadi workers continue to protest, demand increase in honorarium
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Arif Rashid

Srinagar: Continuing their protest, Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Wednesday demanded increase in honorarium and other benefits.
Scores of the protestors assembled here at press enclave and shouted slogans against the state government.
The protestors demanded increase in honorarium for both workers and helpers in Anganwadi centres.
President of AWHA, TasleemaSubhan said, “We are on strike from last 21 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 said the they have already informed the government about their demands. “If the government failed to meet our demands, we will close all the ICDS projects in the state,” they said.
The protestors said that they are working for the state, but “the government is not providing any kind of response towards their woes.”
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.