Anganwadi workers protest for salary hike, other benefits

JAMMU, FEB 14: Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) today staged protest and demanded increase in honorarium.
Large number of the protesters assembled here raising anti-Government slogans. The protesters demanded increase in honorarium for both workers and helpers in Anganwadi centres.
The protesters said that they have repeatedly requested the State Government to increase the honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers. The State Government is providing six hundred rupees for helpers and three hundred rupees for workers. Extra honorarium is provided by the Central Government, they said. “We are demanding maximum honorarium of 10,000 rupees for workers and 18,000 for helpers,” a protesters said.
Another protester said, “We have worked for the state, but it is unfortunate that we are being neglected by the Government now.”
The protesters said that besides doing the Anganwadi work, they also perform duties of Health Department, Education Department and Social Welfare Department. “But we are never paid for the extra work,” Suman Suri, Union’s State president said.
The other senior leaders of Union who addressed included Rattna, Swarna, Vijay, Nirmal Sharma, Mahajeeban, Meera, Ravinder, Pinki Bhat, Renu Sharma, Ganga Sharma, Asha Sharma and Suman.