Anganwadi workers continue protest over hike in wages

Anganwadi workers continue protest over hike in wages
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Three months honorarium will be paid before Eid: Official

Arif Rashid

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers of the ICDS (Integrated Child development service) project of State Social welfare Department are without Honorarium from last 9 months.
The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi workers and helpers association are on strike from last five months and aredemanding increase in honorarium and other benefits,
The workers and helpers of Anganwadi have registered so many protests here in Kashmir as well as in Jammu. But the demands have not been fulfilled yet. When contacted, Tasleem Subhan, President of Anganwadi centres Association told the Kashmir Reader, “All the Anganwadi centres in Jammu and Kashmir are closed from last five months, due to the attitude of the government towards us. We are nearly 62000 workers and helpers in the State which are working in the different Anganwadi centres in Jammu and Kashmir. Presently all the workers and helpers are facing a lot of financial crisis, even they do not have any money to buy medicine,”Tasleem said.
She said that their non-payment of honorarium is affecting the studies of their children’s.“Now Eid-ul- fitr is approaching and we do not have any money to celebrate as our honorarium is pending from last nine months. We do not want to come on roads but attitude of the government towards us has left us with no other option,” she said.
Adding that the honorarium which the state Government is given them is very low as compared to the other states, “In Delhi they pay 10,000 to the workers and 7000 for Helpers.”
“If the government has fulfilled demands of employees of other departments, Why our demands are being ignored by the state Government” she questioned. The official Source said “ Some demands of the Anganwadi workers has been accepted by the state government which include proper work time for Anganwadi centres, Vacation breaks and if they do any kind work in any other departments that department would pay them for that work.”
“The three months honorarium has also been released from the central government, but within some days Anganwadi workers and helpers will receive their honorarium directly in their accounts”, sources added.

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