Odisha, February 8, Abhijit Saha: During the protest between Anganwadi workers and police yesterday around 50 Anganwadi workers were injured. In the protest they were marching towards the Assembly breaking the police barrier. The police threw water cannon and tear gas when the situation went out of control. The workers also started throwing stone pelting at the police.
These Anganwadi workers came here to fulfill their demands were blocked by the police in front of the Assembly. They were demanding salary of Rs 12,000, pension of Rs 3,000, regularization of jobs, release of house rent every month, recognition of Anganwadi workers as government employees, promoting mini Anganwadi Workers as Anganwadi Workers and appointing more helpers, inclusion of senior Anganwadi Workers under the Madhu Babu Pension Scheme filling up all vacant supervisor posts and construction of Anganwadi Centres on a priority basis.
More than 100 agitators are arrested by the police. These workers blocked the Mahatma Gandhi Marg. Over 7000 Anganwadi workers throughout the state gathered there under the banner of All Odisha Anganwadi Ladies’ Workers Association at lower PMG stretching over 500 metre long of the road. They also raised slogans against the State Government.
Later in the afternoon huge number of agitator came and started trying to break the police blockade so as to enter the legislative building. When the situation goes under control the police started throwing water cannons and then tear gas to manage the crowd.
The General Secretary of association Anjali Patel said that they have been repeatedly requesting the government to increase their remuneration from several years but no actions are being taken. She also said that if their demands are not met, they would continue to agitate and halt state governments programme in future.