Srinagar: Anganwari workers of social welfare department on Tuesday held a massive protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding increase in salaries at par with other states besides raising their demands for job security.
The workers raised slogans against the state administration and marched through Lalchowk and finally assembled at press enclave Srinagar.
The protesting employees said that their salaries have not been released for the last eight months. “We are protesting here for fulfillment of our genuine demands,” a protesting employee told Kashmir Reader.
She said that the government is deliberately putting their demands on back burner. “We have protested many times in the past. But, the government does not seem bothered,” she said. “ Anganwardi employees should also be made eligible to seek medical leaves and other legal benefits as are already being availed by such employees in other states.”
Pertinently, the Anganwari workers and helpers are working in social welfare wing of ICDS since last 40 years . They are paid lesser wages in Jammu and Kashmir than other states. An Anganwari worker in J&K gets rupees 3000 to workers and 1500 to helpers monthly. While the anganwari workers in Delhi and Mumbai are paid Rs 25000 and Rs 10500 to helpers.
The protesting workers threatened that they will be forced to hit the streets if government doesn’t consider their “genuine” demands. “Continuous sit in protests seem to lead nowhere. We are left with no choice but to hit the streets and continue protesting till our demands are met,” another protesting anganwari worker said.