JAMMU, Jan 19: Demanding hike in salary and other benefits, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers held a massive protest demonstration, here today, under the banner of Anganwadi Workers Welfare Association, a unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.
The workers raised slogans in support of their demands, which include; hike in the salary for Anganwadi workers from Rs 3500 to Rs 15000/- and for Helpers from Rs 1800 to Rs 10000 per month.
The were also demanding benefits of EPF, ESI and pension scheme, increase in State Government share to at least Rs 5000 per months, promotions as per seniority list for Anganwadi workers, good nutrition quality for the food items, release of pending salary, regular payment per month to all as per wage books and clearance of carriage charges, TA/DA, etc.
While addressing the gathering, senior leader of BMS, Lakshman Ravinder Singh, criticized the Government for its alleged anti-workers attitude towards low paid workers as they are struggling from a long period for their genuine demands.
The other speakers alleged that the Social Welfare Department was pressurizing workers for six hours duty with very low honorarium but number of duties, which they are performing presently with multiple jobs beside their primary duty like data collection, Registration, Ladli Beti, Kishori Shaktiy Yojna, Adhar card, Ration card, voter card, Election duty etc.
They also alleged harassment by CDPO Khour and Akhnoor, who have not released salary of the workers for the last two years.
Those who addressed the protest demonstration, included BMS president Subash Verma, general secretary Ashok Choudhary, Swarna Choudhary, Neelam
Sharma Koushalya Devi, Kamlesh Kumari, Chint Purni, Veena Devi, Persino Devi, Jyoti Devi, Njirmal and Soma Devi Anju Devi and Sushma Devi.