They ask the State Government to set up a welfare fund
Mangalore: The Dakshina Kannada District Anganwadi Workers' and Helpers' Association held a demonstration and rally in the city on Wednesday demanding better facilities.
About 500 workers from all over the district participated in the demonstration.
According the president of the association Jayalakshmi B.R. there had been no changes in the facilities being provided for anganwadi workers and helpers since the introduction of Balavikasa Yojana in 1975.
`No job security'
About 80,602 anganwadi workers had been getting the same salary for last three decades and there had been no job security for them, Ms. Jayalakshmi said.
States such as Maharashtra have taken steps to include anganwadi workers in the State pension scheme and had extended various social security schemes for them, she said.
The State Government should set up a welfare fund for anganwadi workers in Karnataka, she added.
The association sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.
Udupi Staff Correspondent reports:
Members of the Udupi Taluk Anganwadi Workers' and Assistants' Association staged a dharna here on Wednesday demanding the fulfilment of their demands.
In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, submitted to Child Development Officer A. Usman, the association demanded that the retirement age of anganwadi workers and assistants be raised to 65 as in Maharashtra. The workers should be given ex gratia of Rs. 1 lakh and assistants Rs. 50,000 when they retire from their service, it said. A welfare fund should be established for them. A sum of Rs. 100 to Rs. 120 from the workers and Rs. 50 to Rs. 60 from the assistants should be deducted from their monthly honorariums for the fund. The Government should provide an equal amount for the fund, the association demanded.
A 20-year tenure should be fixed for them and a monthly pension of Rs. 1,200 should be given to the workers and Rs. 600 to the assistants. The association also demanded that the services of anganwadi workers and assistants be regularised, and until such time, they be given minimum wages.
President of the association A. Sharada, secretary K. Leela, joint secretary Sumangala and treasurer Anita Bhat participated in the dharna.