Anganwadi workers demonstrate again, call for increase in honorarium

Anganwadi workers demonstrate again, call for increase in honorarium
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Wednesday protested again here in Srinagar demanding increase in honorarium and other benefits.
Scores of protesters assembled here in press enclave and shouted slogans against the state government for not paying heed to their demands.
President of Anganwadi workers and helpers association, Tasleema Subhan, said, “We are on strike from last 28 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.”
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.

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