Pune: Around 2 lakh Anganwadi sevikas and helpers in the State began their indefinite strike on September 11, with all Anganwadi centres in Maharashtra remaining closed on Monday.
The Anganwadi workers have called the protest owing to meagre income and negligence on part of the government to recognise them as government servants.
“Today, all the action committees at different levels (state, district, city, etc) gave notices regarding going on strike and shutting down the Anganwadis, to the respective authorities. All the Anganwadis were 100 per cent closed. We will not open the Anganwadis until and unless our demands are fulfilled. This time, we won't back out till a Cabinet decision is made, and notification is given regarding our increment,” Shubha Shamim of Maharashtra State Anganwadi Workers Action Committee said.
Presently, the Anganwadi Sevikas are paid a remuneration of Rs 5,000 per month and the helpers are paid Rs 2,500. The committee has demanded that the Anganwadi Sevikas be recognised as government servants and paid the minimum remuneration accordingly. Also, the Anganwadi helpers are to be paid 75 per cent of the remuneration for the Sevikas.
The Anganwadi workers will also protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday, and march till Zilla Parishad, Pune and ICDS office in Pune on September 18.