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.
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.