NALGONDA: A large number of women working as anganwadi teachers and helpers staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate giving the police a tough time here on Tuesday.
Under the aegis of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), they raised slogans seeking a fair deal for them. They demanded that the government come out with a G.O. on pay hike.
They also asked the officials to reinstate the anganwadi employees, who were removed from service.
Addressing the gathering, the CITU State secretary Tummala Veera Reddy recalled Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s assurance in the Assembly on hike in pay for anganwadi workers. “Though he made an announcement four months ago, there is no sight of a GO,” he rued. The speakers, including the Anganwadi Union district general secretary Mandadi Sulochana, recounted the problems faced by women in workplaces. She took a strong exception to political interference in anganwadi activities.
She also said that women workers were finding it very difficult to eke out a living due to the delay in paying salaries.
Owing to vociferous demand made by the protesters, in-charge Joint Collector M. Champa Lal came out of his office and met the CITU leaders.
In turn they made the official call up Collector M. Purushottam Reddy, who was touring in Mathampally along with the Minister. “The Collector assured us of reinstating the ousted anganwadi teachers and ayahs,” Ms. Sulochana said .