ARIF RASHID/ Sheikh Anees
SRINAGAR: Anganwadi workers and helpers of the ICDS projects of State Social Welfare Department on Saturday held protest demonstration here in press enclave Srinagar demanding an increase in honorarium and other benefits.
Protesting under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi workers and helpers Association, they raised slogans against the state government for not increasing their honorarium.
The protesters demanded a hike in their salaries for Aanganwadi workers from Rs 3600 to 10000 and for Anganwadi helpers from Rs 1800 to Rs 8000.
Secretary general of Anganwadi workers and helpers association, Amina Bano said, “We are on strike from last 52 days. All Anganwadi Centre in Jammu and Kashmir are closed. The strike will continue till the government will not take any proper decision regarding our demands.”
“We are struggling for a long time for our genuine demands as our workers and helpers are presently working on very low rates and no hike in the wages have been given for a long time.” She said.
: “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 added.
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
Meanwhile, Hundreds of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Saturday staged a massive protest and blocked Srinagar-Leh highway near ICDS office Kangan for two hour due to press for their demands.
Holding banners in their hands and raising anti-government slogans the protesting Anganwadi worker’s fulfilment of their demands.
Sabiya Bashir District Union President Kangan condemned the ‘anti-worker policies’ of the government and the higher authorities of ICDS.
“We have been pressing for our demands from past several months but unfortunately, the state government is not paying any heed to fulfil our demands. They are deliberately pushing our families to hardships,” she said.
Later protesting workers submitted a memorandum to DC Ganderbal at Rest House regarding their demands.