Anganwadi workers continue protest; Demand hike in honorarium

Anganwadi workers continue protest; Demand hike in honorarium
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Srinagar: Continuing their protest, Anganwadi workers and helpers of the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) Project of state social welfare department on Wednesday held a protest demonstration here in Srinagar demanding increase in honorarium.
The protesters first assembled here in Partap Park under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi workers and helpers Association, later on the Protesters marched through Lal Chowk and blocked the M.A ROAD Srinagar.
Raising the slogans against the state government for not fulfilling their demands which are pending from a very long time.
Amina Bano, Secretary General of Anganwadi workers and helpers Association of Kashmir province said that they are waiting for the response of the Governor N.N Vohra to intervene in the matter and take a positive favourable step in their favour.
“The protest is continuing from last six Months and all Anganwadi centres in Jammu and Kashmir are closed”, Amina Said.
She said that there are nearly 64000 Workers and Helpers working in different centres in Jammu and Kashmir.
She added “All the workers and helpers are facing financial crisis due to the attitude of the state government towards us”.
n 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 fullfilled within three weeks.
The protestors said that besides doing the ICDS work, they also perform duties of health department, education department and social welfare department. “But we are never paid for the extra work,” they said.
An Anganwadi worker in J&K is paid rupees 3600 and Rs 1800 to helpers monthly. While the Anganwadi workers in Delhi and Maharashtra are paid Rs 25000 and Rs 10500 respectively.