Anganwadi workers, helpers stage anti-government protest

IRFAN RASHID

SRINAGAR: A huge traffic jam was created in Lal Chowk on Tuesday when employees of Anganwadi Centres lied flat on road outside Press Enclave.

These employees were protesting under the banner of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association Kashmir Province.

Speaking to media, President of the association Maymoona Nazki castigated the State government and said: “Whenever any additional work of any other department gets overburdened, government increases our actual working hours which get doubled and even tripled at times but still they have not recognised us as government employees.” She added “we are not given proper wages but just meager honorarium of Rs 3600 to workers and Rs 1840 to helpers.”

The women employees urged the government that they should be given pension benefits immediately who are retiring with an ex gratia of Rs 2 lac for workers and Rs 1 lac for helpers.

“We come from a very poor family and no TA & DA is given to us for attending meetings called by officers,” said Maymoona.

They also appealed the government to fix seniority list block wise and promote helpers to supervisors on vacant posts.

http://risingkashmir.in/news/anganwadi-workers-helpers-stage-antigovernment-protest/

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