Anganwadi Workers Put Their Protest On Hold Till Feb 2nd Week

Bhubaneswar: Anganwadi workers from across the State, who had been on dharna in Bhubaneswar over several demands, put the protest on hold till February second week.

The decision was taken following a meeting with Odisha Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra.

“We have discussed with him our eight-point charter of demands. He assured us to discuss the matter with other departments and take a decision. So, we have decided to hold the strike for a temporary period. The chief secretary will discuss the pay hike matter in the second week of February,” the Association chief said.

Earlier, the protesting Anganwadi workers threatened to block National Highway 16 during the upcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup which will commence from January 13.

Thousands of Anganwadi workers took out a massive rally at Lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar and marched towards CM’s residence on Tuesday over non-fulfilment of their demands including monthly remuneration of Rs 18,000 and government employee status.

Their other demands include Rs 9,000 pay for their assistants, post-retirement benefit and Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of worker in case of death during the service period.

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