Srinagar, Oct 5: Police today fired pepper gas to disperse the Anganwadi workers who are on strike from last several weeks, demanding enhancement of their honorarium at par with rest of States of the country.
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The Anganwadi workers earlier assembled here at Pratap Park and marched towards the Civil Secretariat here to press the Government over their demands.
The protesting women amid anti-Government sloganeering reached the Civil Secretariat. They later held a sit-in outside the Secretariat and chanted slogans in favour of their demands. Police later used pepper gas to disperse the protesting workers.
The Anganwadi workers said that the Government is turning blind eye towards their plight. “It is unfortunate that the Government doesn’t bother to take any appropriate step for the well being of workers,” they said.
They said that the Government has ignored the Anganwadi workers at all fronts. “We are serving the department with dedication and honesty but the Government is ignoring our plights,” they said, adding that the government should have increased the monthly honorarium of the workers upto Rs 14000 per month.