Will close Anganwadi centres if demands not met: AWHA

Will close Anganwadi centres if demands not met: AWHA

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Tuesday threatened of closing the centres across Valley if government fails to fulfill their “genuine” demands.
Scores of protesters assembled here in Pratap Park and shouted slogans in favour of their demands that include release of honorarium and increase in monthly rent amount for the centres.
President AWHA Tasleema Subhan said the honorarium for Anganwadi workers and helpers is pending for the last few months in the department.
“While the government has increased the honorarium, but it has not been released by the department,” she said.
Tasleema further said, “Anganwadi centres are running in rented rooms. In villages, Rs 200 and in Srinagar 700 rupees are provided as monthly rent to houses owners. This is grave injustice.”
We demand release of our honorarium as per the new orders of the government, and also the increase in the rent amount for Anganwadi centres across the valley, AWHA president said.
The protesting workers and helpers said while government released arrears of its employees, what stops it from meeting our “genuine” demands.
“If government fails to fulfill our demands till the end of this month, we will close the Anganwadi centres across the Valley, for which the government will be responsible,” they said.