They are demanding a minimum wage of Rs. 10,000 per month

The anganwadi workers and helpers union continued its protest at the District Collectorate here on Wednesday in support of their demand for a minimum wage of Rs. 10,000 per month.

Several anganwadi workers sat on a hunger strike at the protest camp while their leaders Rehana Begum and Swarupa Rani made a strong appeal to the government to look into their problems. They wanted the wage to be hiked keeping in mind the increased cost of living. The AP Municipal Workers and Employees Union also staged a protest at the Collectorate. They demanded that their minimum wage be hiked to Rs. 12,500 per month.

CPI (M) functionaries staged a dharna in front of Kadapa Collectorate on Wednesday expressing solidarity to the strike by municipal workers, and anganwadi workers and helpers.

Congress flayed

The municipal and anganwadi workers are demanding a wage hike, which is justified, CPI(M) city secretary N. Ravisankar Reddy said.

He flayed the Congress government for not keeping its promises when they had gone on strikes in the past. Anganwadi workers are demanding recognition as class IV government employees and accordingly, an increase in wages.

CPI (M) leaders Papi Reddy, Magbul Basha, Obaiah, Dastagiri Reddy, S. Sudhakar, Chandra Reddy and Balachennaiah participated.