Anganwadi workers continue protest, demand hike in honorarium

Anganwadi workers continue protest, demand hike in honorarium
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Saturday again protested here in favour of their demands for an increase in honorarium and other benefits.
Scores of protesters assembled here in Partap park and raised slogans against the state government for not increasing their honorarium.
President of Anganwadi workers and helpers association, Tasleema Subhan said, “We are on strike from last 31 days. All Anganwadi Centre in Jammu and Kashmir are closed. The strike will continue till the government will not take any favourable 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 protestors said that besides doing the ICDS work, they also perform duties of the health department, education department and social welfare department. “But we are never paid for the extra work,” they said.

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