HIRANAGAR, MAY 23:
Flaying the suppression, exploitation and harassment of women employees by the ominous BJP-PDP government, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister sought release of long pending wages and enhancement of honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers associated with ICDS in J&K who have been languishing on roads for the last 111 days in the pursuit of their legitimate rights.
He was addressing huge gatherings of Anganwadi workers and helpers sitting on ‘dharna’ in Samba and Hiranagar today.
Supporting the cause of Anganwari workers agitating on the roads, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh took the coalition govt to task for turning a deaf ear to their shrill cries for justice.
“The responsibilities of Anganwadi workers and helpers are extremely significant as they ensure proper care for pregnant women, new born children and nursing mothers. Besides administering the immunisation of all children below the age of 6 years, they also supervise the distribution of supplementary nutrition to them.
Appealing to the Chief Minister to address the issue on priority and to devise a suitable job policy for these ICDS workers, Mr. Singh demanded the revision of salaries of Anganwari workers and helpers to a minimum of Rs. 10,000/- p.m and Rs. 6000/- p.m. “State but the Union govt too had left them in lurch with the aggrieved female employees yelling for their genuine demands on the roads in sun and rain.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Gagan Partap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Robin Sharma, Sohan Singh Advocate, Rajinder Singh Manju, Satish Sharma, Ram Saran Dogra, Rajeshwar Singh, Mohinder Singh, Vishab Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Ramesh Gupta, Jagdish Raj besides others.