Anganwadi workers take to streets in Patna, demand higher wages

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:40 hrs

Hundreds of 'Anganwadi' workers took to streets and gathered outside the Bihar state assembly as they pressed their demand for hike in wages.

Protesting under the banner of 'Anganwadi Employees Union', the women protesters shouted slogans and reiterated their demands, as they say they are surviving on merely 3,000 rupees a month.

Former member of Legislative Council, Usha Sahni said that they are protesting with an aim to draw the attention of the government over the plight of the workers.

"We are the employees of the Bihar State's Anganwadi Employees Union and are protesting outside the legislative assembly in order to draw the attention of the government over our plight and the problems faced by us. We have to lay siege at the legislative assembly and if the whole of Patna is closed then why will the assembly function. All these policemen who are stooges of Nitish Kumar are committing atrocities on women," said Sahni.

Anganwadi workers play a crucial role in taking care of children in rural India. They are trained in various aspects of childcare, health and nutrition.

Apart from routine tasks, the Anganwadi workers are also engaged in various other government schemes such as pre-school and health education, maintenance of records of births and deaths, administration of pulse-polio drops, and provision of supplementary nutrition to pregnant and lactating mothers and children up to the age of six.

There are millions of women workers engaged in the Anganwadi projects across the country. (ANI)

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