Srinagar: Continuing their protest Anganwadi workers of social welfare department on Monday held a protest demonstration here to press for their demand of hike in honorarium at par with workers of other states.
Protesting under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi workers and helpers Association, workers raised slogans against state administration and marched through Lal Chowk and finally gathered at Pratab Park Srinagar. The protesters demanded their honorarium to be increased amid not less than rupees 20,000 per month, besides job security and other benefits.
“Our honorarium must be with immediate effect like the rest of states”. Said Tasleema subhan, Association President. “We appeal to honourable Governor NN Vohra to full fill our rightful demands because the BJP-PDP government has failed us”. She added.
Member of Anganwadi workers and helpers association while protesting said, “We are on strike from last six months, and all related centres in Jammu and Kashmir are shut”. “The protest and strike will continue till the state administration will not take a suitable decision regarding our rightful demands”. She concluded.
General Sectary of Association Amina bano said, “We are more than 60000 workers and helpers in the state working in the different Anganwadi centres in Jammu and Kashmir”..
Moreover she added that “All the workers and helpers are facing financial problems as they too have to support their families”.
In the recent past the workers attempted to meet the state Governor NN Vohra regarding their demands. Governor has given them “Surety” that their rightful demands would be full filled within three weeks.
Anganwadi workers and helpers are paid lesser wages particularly in state of Jammu and Kashmir. An anganwari worker in J&K are paid rupees 3000 to workers and 1500 to helpers monthly. While the anganwari workers in Delhi and Maharashtra are paid Rs 25000 and Rs 10500 respectively.
The protesters threatened that their protest will continue and all the Anganwadi centres will be closed till their demands are meet.