Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of Anganwadi workers have been sitting on an indefinite dharna at Lower PMG since September 14 pressing for fulfilment of their various demands, including salary hike. However, the government is yet to listen to their woes.

The workers are demanding hike in their minimum pay to Rs 18,000 for workers and Rs 9,000 for helpers per month. They also want a minimum pension of Rs 3,000 per month, status of government employees, revised insurance policy and its immediate implementation among other demands.

"Most of us are facing health issues as we have been on dharna since 24 days now but the government is yet to pay heed to our problems," said an Anganwadi worker Manshi Das.

"We have a 15-point charter of demands. We will continue our dharna till the government fulfils all our demands," said another worker Nanju Singh.

Also Read: 4 anganwadi workers to attend ‘wonder girl’ found buried alive

As per reports, in May this year the government had assured the workers to sort out the issue within two months time. However, no step was taken towards this even after three months following which the workers staged the cease-work stir.

It is worth mentioning that the agitating workers had also submitted a memorandum to Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who assured them to look into their demands and even urged the State government to take immediate step to resolve the issue.