Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Anganwadi workers and helpers staged a protest under the banner of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers' Federation (affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress) here on Friday as part of the nation-wide “jail bharo” agitation against price rise called by the AITUC, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Trade Unions Coordination Centre, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, All India Central Council of Trade Unions and the United Trade Union Congress.

They raised slogans against the Union Government for its “anti-poor” policies.

A large number of women workers courted arrest after issuing a press release holding the Union Government responsible for “near enslavement” of 80 per cent of Indians.

The federation said the country was witnessing an unprecedented double-digit inflation. Prices of essential commodities had been increasing.

It demanded that steps be taken to bring down the prices of essential commodities. The Union Government should adopt a universal public distribution system and do away with “unscientific” classification of BPL and APL categories.

The federation sought stringent action against hoarders and black-marketers.