JAMMU, Apr 11: Anganwadi Workers Welfare Association held a protest demonstration in front of Divisional Commissioner’s Office here today against Government’s failure in settling their long pending demands.
The protestors demanded immediate release of arrears since April 2011, release of pending salary along with state share for the last so many months and in future the salary be paid month wise.
The protestors demanded fulfillment of other demands under ICDS scheme as the same has not been implemented in letter and spirit till date. They alleged that the genuine demands under ICDS scheme are being ignored.
The protestors alleged that Social Welfare Department has failed to issue promotion orders as per rules and seniority requirements.
They demanded that orders be issued without further delay. The Association also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister through Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, highlighting their demands and seeking his immediate intervention in settling the same.
The Anganwadi workers from different districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Rajouri and also from number of blocks participated in the agitational programme. The association president, Mrs Swaran Choudhary, Neelam Sharma, general secretary, Lakshman Ravinder Singh, senior leader BMS and Vijay Chandel, president BMS its general secretary, Harbans Choudhary and Subash Verma general secretary National Government Employees Federation were among others who addressed the demonstration.
They demanded that all the benefits be given to Anganwadi workers and helpers under ICDS scheme which included payment of TA and DA admissible for attending monthly meetings, issuance of stationery to centers, constitution of Grievances Committee at district and state level to solve problems of workers at district as well as state level, promotion of helpers as workers after completion of 10 years of service and introduction of pension scheme for Anganwardi workers and helpers.