At 63, Raja Begum continues protest for wage hike in ICDS

At 63, Raja Begum continues protest for wage hike in ICDS
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: At 63, Raja begum’s frail health has not stopped her from travelling to Srinagar from Kangan to join protest demanding hike in the wages.
Begum has started her career in ICDS department at the age of 23 with a meager wages of Rs 25.
Sharing her trails and tribulations of life that started with the death of her husband, Begum says she has always been enthusiastic to work as worker in the ICDS department
“When I joined the ICDS department there was only one Anganwadi center in my village. I was a lone helper in the village. Presently the government is giving us only Rs 1800. I am the most the most senior helper in the department. I have witnessed role of workers changed with the time after ever increasing responsibilities, but only thing that has not changed is delay in salary,” she said. The salary of Anganwadi helpers and workers is pending from last seven months.
Anganwadi worker and helpers under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association continue protest for last 48 days demanding increase in honorarium and other benefits.

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