Anganwadi Workers, Helpers continue protest for pensionary benefits

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Feb 10: Continuing their protest, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers today staged a strong demonstration at Ramnagar demanding pensionary benefits for them after retirement from the service.
A number of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers working under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme in Dudu Basantgarh, Ghordi, Ramnagar and Udhampur assembled at Chougan Ground at Ramnagar under the banner of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers’ Union (AWHU) and held a protest demonstration.
They also took out a protest march and reached CDPO office Ramnagar via Bus stand and Mian Bazar. Holding banners and placards in their hands, they raised slogans against the Government and in support of their demands.
They said that there should be no retirement of ICDS Workers till retirement benefits including Gratuity of Rs 4 lakh per Worker and monthly pension is provided. “Instead of changing the names and designations of Workers as well as Helpers, the delay tactics and meager wages policy needs to be changed,” they said and appealed to the LG administration to provide Gratuity of Rs 4 lakh and pension to them after retirement from the service.
Priti Khajuria, Councillor Ward number 1, also joined the protesting Anganwadi worker and Helper. She along with Neelam Sharma, Lalita Thakur, Chandrakanta, Jwala Devi, Rekha Devi, Rita, Radha, Kusum Kumari, Neelam Sharma, Sunita Devi and Bindu Devi addressed the protest demonstration.