They want benefits on a par with government employees
HASSAN: A large number of anganwadi workers and assistants staged a dharna, called by the State Anganwadi Workers' and Assistants' Association, in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Wednesday. Dharmesh, president, district unit of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), led the dharna.
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the anganwadi workers stated that they had been working since 1975 for a meagre honorarium of Rs. 1,500 and anganwadi assistants for Rs. 800 a month. Their services were yet to be regularised. They wanted regularisation of services, pension and other benefits on a par with government employees.
According to Mr. Dharmesh, in Maharashtra the retirement age of anganwadi workers is 65 and they get certain allowance after retirement.
In Karnataka, the workers were not getting their honorarium on time as both the Centre and State release funds at different times, he said. Most of the workers belong to the below the poverty line category. Till their services were regularised, the Government should at least fix minimum wages for them. They should be brought under the purview of the Provident Fund scheme.
These workers should also get at least Rs. 1 lakh as ex gratia payment when they retire, Mr. Dharmesh said.