Anganwari workers stage protest against low wages
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.