Seeking fulfillment of their various demands, anganwadi workers from different places of the district staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Haveri on Tuesday.
In an agitation led by office bearers of the district committee of ‘Karnataka Anganwadi Noukarara Sangh’ affiliated to CITU, the workers complained that opening kindergarten classes in government schools had resulted in decline in number of children coming to anganwadis.
Addressing the protesters, district convenor of CITU Vinayak Kurubar said that as kindergarten classes (LKG and UKG) and English medium schools were being permitted at panchayat, hobli and urban areas, already the admissions in anganwadi centres had declined. “Now with kindergarten classes being opened at government schools, there would be further decline in number of children in these centres,” he said.
He said it would be a better idea to open the kindergarten classes at the anganwadi centres rather than the government schools.
Tuesday’s protest was in response to the call for a Statewide agitation from the sangh in a bid to pressure the State government to fulfil several of their demands.
The workers demanded early pension to Anganwadi workers, filling up of posts of anganwadi workers and assistants and framing of cadre and recruitment rules for Anganwadi workers.
Anganwadi workers took out a procession on the main roads before gathering outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Shouting slogans against the government for “neglecting” their pending demands, they said that anganwadi workers are being responsible for implementing many key government projects but they are not being paid for them.
“This negligence attitude had been brought to the government’s notice many times and the demand is still unattended to,” they said.
The protest was organised under the banner of CITU organisations and they later submitted a memorandum to the authorities.
Narrating similar demands, anganwadi workers protested and alleged that the government had not been shown any interest in solving the their problems.
“We held many protests. But, there was no positive response from the government side. If such negligence continues, we will organise more agitations in the coming days,” they said.
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