60 days on, Anganwadi workers continue to protest

Srinagar, Mar 20: All Anganwari Workers and Helpers Association Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration at Partap park in Srinagar against government’s failure to enhance their salary as promised in 2016.
Scores of Anganwadi workers and helpers assembled at Partap Park in Srinagar and claimed that in June 2016 that the authorities had assured them their salary will be enhanced.
They threatened to lock down the centres if their demands are not fulfilled by the government at the earliest. “We have called to lock down all Anganwadi centres since the government is not serious about enhancing our salaries despite out tireless work,” said a protestor.
The protesting workers alleged that they get the least share from state government apart from central funds as compared to Anganwadi workers of states outside Kashmir.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Anganwari workers of district Anantnag associated with Jammu and Kashmir helpers association blocked the main road outside DC office in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, hampered the traffic movement for hours.
The aggrieved workers said that the government is yet to release their pending wages, “we haven’t got our salaries since eight months and as compared to other states Kashmir has been discriminated by the officials. “Other states of India are getting incentives and bonuses every year but we don’t even get basic wages,” she said.