Aanganwardi workers decry non-payment of salaries

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 6/12/2018 7:06:19 AM

4 months’ salary will be released before Eid, rest to be cleared in a month: OSD to minister

SRINAGAR, Jun 11: While ministers are busy hosting Iftar parties, spending lakhs of rupees on them, the Aanganwardi workers in Jammu and Kashmir continue to remain unpaid from last eight months.
Scores of Aanganwardi workers working in different ICDS projects who spoke to Kashmir Times complained that they have not been paid a single penny since the last eight months.
"We are being made to attend the meetings with regard to the implementation of the scheme but are not being paid our dues. When we approach the officials concerned for our pending salary they express helplessness," the workers told Kashmir Times.
An Aanganwardi worker said that she has three kids and her husband too is jobless. "My salary is the only source of our income. But due to the denial of our wages our survival has become difficult," she said.
Another worker working in ICDS zone Anantnag said that despite their continuous protests seeking release of wages and hike in honorarium, the authorities continue to remain unmoved.
"It is a shame for authorities that even on the occasion of Eid our wages have not been released. They have crores of rupees for hosting Iftar parties but have no funds for our salary. Authorities are exploiting us," she said.
Minister for social welfare, Sajad Lone could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
However, the officer on special duty to the minister, Iftikhar Kakroo, when contacted admitted that the wages of Aanganwardi workers are pending from last several months. He, however, said that they have disbursed four months’ pending salary of Aanganwardi workers to the concerned officers.
"The four month salary will be paid to these workers in a day or two. And for the remaining months we have processed the case. I am hopeful that in a month’s time all their pending salaries will be cleared," the OSD told Kashmir Times.
ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme meant for the proper nutrition and development of the children. Since the inception of the scheme, the Aanganwardi workers have been working against the paltry amount of Rs 3700. These workers have been continuously protesting from last several weeks, demanding hike in their wages.



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