Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 4:
About 15,000 anganwadi workers today took out a massive rally in the Odisha capital to press on their 16-point charter of demands.
Braving the scorching summer Sun thousands of anganwadi workers under the banner of Nikhila Odisha Anganwadi Karmi Sangha marched from the Master Canteen Square towards the state Assembly.
The anganwadi workers were shouting slogans demanding a minimum monthly allowance of Rs 15,000, Rs 3,000 as pension and regular jobs.
“We have come here to pressurize the government to fulfill our 16-point charter of demands. We are yet to be promoted to ANM-School teacher rank as announced by the Central government in 2011. We are getting a measly amount of Rs 4,000 every month which is insufficient to maintain a family when prices have skyrocketed. We demand a minimum monthly allowance of Rs 15,000, a minimum pension of Rs 3,000 on retirement. We demand regularization of our jobs,” said an agitator who had come all the way from Balasore talking to reporters.
However, the agitators were stopped near Lower PMG Square by the policemen on duty.