Anganwadi workers on overnight protest outside WCD Dept.’s office

Anganwadi workers continue their protest in Delhi on Monday.

Anganwadi workers continue their protest in Delhi on Monday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Protesting anganwadi workers and helpers have intensified their strike by launching overnight protests outside the headquarters of Women and Child Development (WCD) Department at ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Dozens of women workers have been sitting outside the office, demanding the government to withdraw an order issued last week warning them of disciplinary action if they did not join work.

On Friday, a group of the protesting workers went to the WCD headquarters in ISBT Kashmere Gate building, broke a barricade and stepped inside the building. Since then, they have been sitting on protest outside the headquarters of the WCD Department.

“The office was functioning today (Monday) but they were protesting outside and trying to create obstruction. Not all of them are anganwadi workers and helpers. Some workers are also being threatened to not open anganwadi centres by the protesters,” WCD Director Rashmi Singh told The Hindu.

Day 29 of protest

Hundreds of women anganwadi workers and helpers, under the banner of the Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (DSAWHU), have been protesting near Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in north Delhi for the past 29 days. They have been demanding that the honorarium of workers and helpers be increased to ₹25,000 and ₹20,000 respectively, and their services be regularised with retirement benefits.

The DSAWHU on Monday said the AAP government was on a “lying spree”, in context of the claims made by Ministers that anganwadi workers of Delhi were paid the most among all States.

“Honorarium in Telangana is higher than that in Delhi. It is ₹13,650 for anganwadi workers and ₹7,800 for helpers. In Tamil Nadu, the honorarium is ₹8,650 and ₹12,200 respectively. Moreover, the average cost of living in Delhi is much higher than those in States of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Pondicherry and Kerala,” the DSAWHU said in a statement.

The statement added that the honorarium for Delhi anganwadi workers should be at least 30% higher than the workers in those States.

On Thursday, the Delhi government had announced that they have increased the honorarium of anganwadi workers and helpers to ₹12,720 and ₹6,810 respectively.

However, the protesting workers rejected the honorarium revision, stating that the hike was “too little”, and threatened to continue their strike outside the Chief Minister’s residence.

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