Nagpur: Seeking hike in remuneration, around 2 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers in Maharashtra have gone on strike from Monday. Hundreds of women gathered at Samvidhan Square and raised slogans against the administration. The workers have raised a demand for higher honorarium based on the seniority.
As a result of this strike, the children will not be receiving the nutritious food they are supplied from the Aaganwadis.
At present, they are paid just Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,500 per month. In March, women and child development minister of Maharashtra Pankaja Munde had assured Anganwadi staff that the recommendations will be implemented. However, the recommendations are not even presented in the Assembly for approval yet.
Anganwadi workers and helpers are hired by the government to run the central government’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) welfare programme that provides nutrition, pre-school education to children below six years of age.