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"Anganwadi workers arrested by police for demonstration against UT Govt"
11/10/2022 10:32:29 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 9: Anganwadi Workers Welfare Association (AWWA) affiliated to Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) held dharna demonstration against the UT Govt at press club Jammu in support of their long pending demands while addressing the gathering Ashok Choudhary Sangathan Mantri Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh alleged that Anganwadi workers/helpers have been working since long in J&K and state share are being paid only @ Rs 600/- PM for workers and Rs. 300/- PM for helpers since from the year 2010 and after including centre share they are being paid total Honorarium @ Rs5100/- per month for Anganwadi worker and Rs 2550/- for helpers. It is pertinent to mention here that centre share of Anganwadi Workers/Helpers was revised by Govt of India across the country in 2018 to Rs.4500/=for Anganwadi Worker and Rs 2250/- PM for helper, but the state share has not been revised from 2010 till date. It is further pertinent to mention here that at present neighbouring states are paying state shares i.e. Haryana state share Rs 8161/-, Delhi 6750/- Punjab 3650/- and Himachal Pradesh Rs 4500/- whereas Jammu and Kashmir is paying only Rs 600/- and Rs. 300/- PM for workers/helpers respectively.
The Association general Secretary Roshu Sharma stated that the salary from April 2022 till date has not been released and the salary form Jan 2019 to March 2019 and the arrear on Account of enhanced honorarium in centre share of Rupees 1500/- per month for Anganwadi worker and Rs 750/- for Helper has also not been paid till date and is lying pending for the month of Oct 2018 to Dec 2018 which has not been released so far and further demanded that the Government must give100% promotion to Anganwadi workers to the rank of supervisor.
Neelam Sharma Gen Secretary BMS while addressing the gathering demanded that since govt of India has adopted new education policy and it is proposed to convert Anganwadi centres to Pre Primary schools and so it is demanded that Anganwadi workers who have requisite qualifications must be considers for post of teachers in such proposed new schools. The Association also demanded that extra allowances must be paid for doing work of different no. of schemes. Further, retirement benefits and social security schemes must be framed for Anganwadi workers/helpers and to accept other demands and stated that if their genuine demands may not be fulfilled on merits in their favour, then AWWA would have no other option than to start the agitation.
The peaceful protesters of Anganwadi Workers/helpers were manhandled by police and all protesting workers/helpers were arrested by police and were kept in illegal detention till evening without providing any food for the whole day and since workers had come from far off places to Jammu for the protest were rendered helpless by late hour release by police authorities and they faced hardship in finding public transport to reach home.
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