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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 12:40 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 12:40 AM (IST)

Anganwari workers ready to open front again

Anganwari workers ready to open front again
Anganwari Mulazim Union state president Hargobind Kaur during a meeting with workers in Bathinda on Friday. Tribune photo: Pawan sharma

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 12

On a call given by the All Punjab Anganwari Mulazim Union, a meeting of the leaders, workers and helpers of the Malwa region was conducted at Teachers’ Home here today. The meeting was presided over by Hargobind Kaur.

Addressing a gathering, Hargobind Kaur congratulated the workers for making the state government bow down and accept their demand and make changes to its order of shutting down anganwari centres in the state and send children to pre-primary classes in government primary schools.

Raising slogans against the state government for ignoring the demands of the anganwari workers, they announced that until the Punjab Government follow the Delhi Government and give Rs 10,000 to workers and Rs 5,000 to helpers at anganwari centres, the agitation and protests against the government would continue.

They demanded that workers and helpers be considered government employees and given all the allowances and leave benefits like government employees. They demanded that till the time this is not done, the workers be given Rs 24,000 per month and helpers Rs 18,000 per month.

Accusing the state government of making sure that the anganwari centres close down on their own, Hargobind Kaur said the government was delaying the release of rent money for the centres and food money so that the number of children coming to these centres dwindle.

They demanded that students in the age group of 3-6 years, who are still going to pre-primary classes in primary schools, be sent back to anganwari centres and threatened that in case the step was not taken any time soon, the anganwari workers will be left with no option but to take the protest path once again.

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