SRINAGAR: The continuous protests by Anganwadi workers braving scorching sunlight and rain, started on first of February this year entered into fourth month on Thursday.
Under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association, hundreds of women, employed by the Social Welfare department for ICDS (Integrated Child Development Service) project today protested again against the government to press for their demands.
The association is demanding a hike in their honorarium form the state but ‘ironically’ their salaries of last seven months have not been released yet.
“We are demanding a hike honorarium and they haven’t even released our salaries of previous seven months despite being on protest for so many times now,” said Tasleema Shabnum, President of Anganwadi Centers Association.
Accusing the state government of ‘disparity’, the association said that the states’ share in their salary is ‘too low’ when compared to the departments of other states.
“In Delhi they pay 10,000 to the workers and 7000 to the helpers, we want the same because we do the same work,” Tasleema Said.
Besides this the associations other demands include pension and medical leave. They also demand promotion of employees as per the seniority basis.
The President alleged that apart from their work as Anganwadi they are ‘made to work’ to do work of other departments as well.
“We perform duties of Health, Education and other departments but we are never paid for our extra work,” laments Tasleema.
Thae association said that their ‘genuine and rightful demands’ should be met so that both of them (workers and the government) shall have a ‘sigh of relief’.
“We will not bend an inch, our protests will continue until our demands are met,” Tasleema Warned.