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Anganwadi workers demand better pay

Dhubri, Nov. 28: Hundreds of Anganwadi workers of the Dhubri district unit of Asom Rajjik Anganwadi Karmi Aru Sahayika Sanstha staged a sit-in in front of the deputy commissioner’s office today with various demands, including increment of monthly honorarium and a pension after retirement.

Dhubri district has 10,000 Anganwadi centres with 20,000 workers and assistants and they are paid Rs 3,300 and Rs 1,700 per month.

The workers demanded that the state government increase their honorarium to Rs 4,300 and assistance honorarium to Rs 3,200 per month.

Apart from this, the workers also demanded the Centre to sanction Rs 10,000 (Rs 5,000 each for workers and assistants).

The general secretary of the Dhubri district unit of the organisation, Dhrupadi Nath, said it was impossible to work with the current honorarium and state and central government must increase their honorarium so that they can discharge their services effectively. “Moreover, we also placed the demand for pension for retired workers and assistants and if that is not possible then a one-time retirement benefit of Rs 1 lakh for workers and Rs 75,000 for assistance,” Nath added.

The workers also submitted a memorandum addressed to chief minister Tarun Gogoi through Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita, urging him to make nearly 300 mini-Anganwadi centres to a full-fledged Anganwadi, detach non-government organisations (NGOs) from running the integrated child development scheme and introduce policy of promotion of workers and assistants and regularise their services.

The memorandum also urged upon him to supply good food items and other materials to Anganwadis.

Members of All Assam Anganwadi/Helper Union, All Assam Asha Workers’ Union and All Assam Mid-day Meal Workers’ Union of Goalpara unit under Integrated Child Development Scheme staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office. They submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and Prime Minister through the deputy commissioner.

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