An­gan­wari work­ers stage protest against low wages

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Deepa Sharma Sood deepa. sharma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUD­HI­ANA: Around 500 an­gan­wari work­ers in 16 blocks staged a protest out­side their of­fice at Gill Road de­mand­ing higher salary, and pen­sion ben­e­fits from Pun­jab and cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

The work­ers later marched to Gill Bridge and blocked the road for nearly half-an-hour.

Sub­hash Rani, dis­trict pres­i­dent of An­gan­wari Work­ers' Union, said, "The Cen­tre re­cently an­nounced that chil­dren be­tween 3 and 6 years will be di­rectly ad­mit­ted to pri­mary gov­ern­ment schools, so who will come to an­gan­waris? Is the gov­ern­ment plan­ning to shut down an­gan­waris cen­ters? If yes, work­ers in thou­sands will lose their job." "We are be­ing paid mea­gre sums and hence we want a raise in our monthly re­mu­ner­a­tions," Rani said.

Shanti Devi, an­gan­wari worker, said, "I have been work­ing for the past 20 years. If the gov­ern­ment plans to shut down an­gan­waris, then I do not what I will do next, since I am the only earn­ing mem­ber of my fam­ily."

Work­ers claim de­spite Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh's an­nounced in 2008 that work­ers would be given all ben­e­fits in­clud­ing pen­sion, noth­ing has been done to the ef­fect.


An an­gan­wari worker ar­gu­ing with a po­lice of­fi­cial on Gill Road in Lud­hi­ana on Tues­day.

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