Anganwari workers’ bid to gherao Civil Secretariat foiled

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 27: The heavy police force deployed at Dogra Chowk and Shalamar Road today foiled Anganwari workers and helpers bid to gherao the Civil Secretariat.
A large number of Anganwari workers and helpers who have been on a strike for nearly three months in support of their demands which include release of their salaries and a hike in honorarium, today marched from Press Club Jammu towards Civil Secretariat but the heavy police force deployed near Dogra Chowk foiled their attempt.
However, scores of protesters taking some alternate route managed to reach near Shalamar Road, where they raised some slogans against the Government. Meanwhile, the alert police force deployed there detained all of them and released them near Jewel.
Earlier, addressing the protesting workers at Dogra Chowk, Suman Suri, president, AWHU, said that the Mission ICDS has become the biggest tool of gender discrimination and exploitation of women work force in post independence period. She alleged that Anganwari workers and helpers are being treated as bonded labourers in J&K.
“We are made to perform a host of duties like that of a health worker, pre-school teacher, doing surveys and making preparation of list of beneficiaries from 0 to 6 years children and lactating as well as pregnant women, immunization, referral services, etc but in turn a meager amount of Rs 3600 and Rs 1800 per month is being paid to Anganwari workers and helpers, respectively”, Suri said.