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Anganwadi workers stage protest in Udupi

Anganwadi workers stage protest in Udupi

Mangalore Today News Network

Udupi, Dec 05, 2019:   Anganwadi workers in the Udupi district staged a huge protest rally and formed a human chain to protest against the central government’s initiative to destabilise the institution.




Addressing the gathering on the occasion at Martyrs Memorial in Ajjarkadu, State Anganwadi Workers Association state secretary Yamuna Gaonkar alleged that the employees working in Anganawadi are losing their job security due to the central government’s decision to allot funds in the ratio of 60:40. She said the Association is organising indefinite hunger strike from December 10 demanding justice for livelihood. The pre-primary classes should be started in Anganawadis.

The honorarium of Anganwadi workers should be hiked to Rs 21,000 per month. The liberalisation policy pursued by the central government should be strongly condemned as the government is embarking on handing over Anganwadi centres to private entities. She said that the pension amount should be hiked to Rs 6000.

She said that the Anganwadi workers under Mathrupoorna Yojane should be assured with the hike in the honorarium. She urged the government to withdraw the initiatives to privatise Anganwadi centres.

Association district general secretary Susheela Nada urged that the government not to indulge in amending the system. Anganwadis should not be privatised, she demanded.

The Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) district president K Shankar said that as many as 30,000 Anganawadi workers and employees will gather at Tumakuru for a protest, on December 10. From there, all the agitators will join for Padyatra ‘Bengaluru Chalo’ to Bengaluru, he added.

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