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SEEKING BENEFITS: Members of the Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers' Association taking out a procession in Gulbarga on Wednesday.
SEEKING BENEFITS: Members of the Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers' Association taking out a procession in Gulbarga on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

They want the Government to regularise their services, increase monthly honorarium

  • Seek regularisation of services, increase in honorarium
  • Call to fix retirement age of workers at 65 years

    GULBARGA: Members of the Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers' Association took out a protest rally here on Wednesday demanding that the State Government extend pension benefits to anganwadi workers and helpers.

    The agitators, who staged a demonstration in front of the office of the chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, submitted a memorandum to the panchayat authorities demanding that anganwadi workers and helpers be paid monthly pensions of Rs. 1200 and Rs. 600 respectively and ex gratia amount of Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively at the time of retirement.

    The memorandum also demanded that the Government regularise the services of anganwadi workers and helpers, who were working at present on an honorary basis, and to increase the honorarium paid by the Union and State governments to them, taking into account the increase in the cost of living and inflation.

    Protest in Raichur

    In Raichur, members of the taluk unit of the association staged a dharna demanding that the Government treat their services on par with those of the permanent employees of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, and to pay their monthly honorarium regularly on the fifth of every month.

    About 200 activists led by president of the union H. Padma went in a procession from Ambedkar Circle in the city to the Deputy Commissioner's office.

    They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging the Government to address their demands.

    They said that over 80,000 anganwadi workers and assistants had been serving in about 40,000 anganwadis for the last three decades.

    They had been working in sectors such as education and health and in community development projects under the Integrated Child Develoment Programme of the Department of Women and Child Welfare. But the Government had failed to recognise their services and provide them proper remuneration, they said.

    They also demanded that the Government fix the retirement age for anganwadi workers and helpers at 65 years.

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