Anganwadi workers' service regularisation plea rejected
HYDERABAD: The Centre will enact legislation to book priests and other participants in child marriages and hold them accountable for the offence.
Inaugurating the fourth national conference of All-India Anganwadi Workers Federation, affiliated to All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) here on Thursday, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury said it was reprehensible that child marriages continued to be conducted to this day. "Anyone who participates in them, including priests, will be made accountable".
Ms. Chowdhury rejected the plea of anganwadi workers to absorb them as Government staff but said the Centre was contemplating to link up their services so that they were nearer that status. Beyond linking their services to some Government function, there was no other way of meeting the demand, she added. Ms. Chowdhury offered an additional remuneration of Rs. 500 to the workers if the States matched the grant of Rs.1,000 released by Centre.