Anganwadi workers, helpers protest in Srinagar, seek hike in monthly honorarium


The Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association (AWHA) on Wednesday protested in Srinagar, demanding an increase in honorarium.

Scores of Anganwadi workers and helpers, under the banner of Anganwadi workers and helpers association Kashmir, assembled in Press Colony seeking an increase in their monthly honorarium.

Anganwari workers and helpers protest in Srinagar, KL photo by Bilal Bahadur

One of the Anganwadi workers who was leading the protest said “We have already requested the state government to increase the honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers. The state government is providing six hundred rupees for helpers and three hundred rupees for workers. An extra honorarium is providing by the central government.”

“We are demanding maximum honorarium of 10,000 rupees for workers and 18,000 for helpers,” she added.

She said that we are paid rupees 600 rupees from the last 15 years. “We are almost 61000 employees and we demand justice from the government,” she said.

Another protester said, “We have worked for the state, but it’s so unfortunate that we are being neglected by the government now.”

They said the government has not released their salaries for the past eight months, causing immense hardships to them.

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