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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: All Odisha Anganwadi Workers' and Helpers' Front presented a five-point charter of demands during its executive body meeting on Sunday.

Their demands include summer vacation, increase in retirement age from 60 to 62 and post-retirement pension.

BJD general secretary (organisation) Pranab Prakash Das said that the government is aware of their demands. "Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is aware of their demands. He will take right decision at right time.  Today, we discussed the road map to strengthen farmers' front. Discussion was held on various measures to connect more farmers to the front," Das added.

On the other hand, BJD MP Subhas Singh slammed the Centre for allegedly showing lackadaisical attitude towards the plights of the Anganwadi workers.

"We have presented a proposal in the parliament to hike their wage to Rs 15,000 and give them the status of labourer. The Centre which described them as the Corona warrior during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, didn't give a single penny for them,” Singh added.

On the other hand, BJP hit back at the ruling regional party saying that the State government has long been neglecting the Anganwadi employees.

"The Central government has never neglected the ANM, Anganwadi and ASHA workers. But, it is the State government which has turned mute to their demands. The State government itself announced 15-day summer vacation for the Anganwadi workers. Why didn't the State implement it? Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hiked the wage of Anganwadi workers. But, what prevented the State to implement the same? BJP State general secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar questioned.

It is worth mentioning that Anganwadi workers and helpers have been demanding wage hike, provision of monthly pension and increase of retirement age to 65 years.

Their demands include implementation of Parliamentary Committee recommendation in promoting anganwadi workers to the posts of ANM, primary school teacher or similar State Government jobs.

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