Ganderbal: Police on Saturday used tear smoke shells and batons to disperse the protesting Anganwari workers and helpers demanding release of pending wages and monthly honorarium.
Protesting workers show strong resentment against the government for not fulfilling their genuine demands which also included immediate release of their salaries, enhancementin their monthly honorarium, fixation of final seniority lists, holding of immediate DPC meeting to clear all the pending promotions of the supervisors.
Sabiya Bashir, a protester, said that the government is turning eye blind over their plights. “It is unfortunate that the government is not bothered to take any appropriate step towards our genuine demands. We are serving the department with dedication and honesty, but the government in unmoved,” she said.
The Anganwadi workers assembled at EidgahBeehama and later marched towards the DC office to press the government for their demands. They later held a sit-in on Beehama-Safapora road and blocked the road and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.
Police reached the spot and asked protesters to clear the blocked road.
However they were reluctant and refused to disperse and continued their protest.
As the protesters didn’t back down, police used batons and some smoke shells to disperse them.
Later protesters again re-assembled in the premises of mini SecretariatGanderbal and started protest against police action. NC senior leaders and MLA KanganMianAltaf and AIP chief patron Sheikh Ghulam Ahmad Saloora reached the spot and pacified the protesters. They submitted a memorandum to DC Ganderbal on behalf of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.
When contacted SHO Ganderbal,Nisar Hurrah,over the use of force on peaceful protestors, he told Kashmir Reader that the protesting Anganwadi workers disrupted traffic on the BeehamaSafapora road leading massive traffic jam in the area. He said police was were forced to use smoke