Anganwadi workers sit on hunger strike at Congress MLA’s house

Demand letter written in blood sent to Chief Minister of Punjab

Anganwadi workers sit on hunger strike at Congress MLA’s house

Anganwadi workers stage a protest in front of the house of Congress Legislator Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia at Shahkot.

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 16

In their protest held outside a Congress leader’s residence, Anganwadi workers sent a blood-soaked letter to raise their demands with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here on Friday.

On the directions of state president of Hargobind Kaur and under the leadership of block president Sunita Rani, the All-Punjab Anganwadi Workers’ Union, Block Lohian and Shahkot, sat on a hunger strike in front of the house of Congress legislator Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia.

On the occasion, they raised slogans against the Punjab Government. The workers and helpers who had gathered in large numbers wrote their demand letter in blood and sent it to Capt Amrinder Singh through the legislator.

They demanded that the children of anganwadi workers (in the 3-6 age group) who were sent to government primary schools in 2017 should be sent to the anganwadi centres as per the agreement.

They also demanded that anganwadi workers should be given the status of nursery teachers. The workers and helpers should be given salary and allowances on the pattern of Haryana. The anganwadi workers and helpers working under NGOs should be brought under the main stream. They said the workers should be given smart phones, hortatory amount to the workers and helpers ranging from 500 to 250 should be given. Circle meetings fare of Rs 200 should be given and pending amount of PMVI of 2017 should be released.

Besides, they demanded that the workers who had become supervisors on false certificates and those supervisors whose enquiries had been completed should be dismissed immediately and cases under Section 420 of the IPC should be filed against them. Mini anganwadi workers should be given the status of full anganwadi workers.

Fuel expenses of 40 paisa per worker should be raised to rupee one. Anganwadi workers gave warning to the government that if their demands are not accepted they would gherao the Congress ministers and intensify their struggle. Kashmir Kaur, Sukhjinder, Jagdish, Manjit, Rajwinder, Gurdev Kaur, Balveer Yakopur,Gurpal, Manjeet, Harwinder, Anu, Paramjit, Suman Rani,Balveer, Santosh, Balveer Manakpur, Kamaldeep Chadha, Amandeed and other workers and helpers were present on the occasion.

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