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`Anganwadi workers in dire straits'

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KARWAR, JULY 5. Anganwadi workers in Uttara Kannada district are in dire straits, according to Savita Tanmadgi, president of District Anganwadi Workers Association.

She says the low honorarium that they are eligible for has not been released for the past eight months by the Department of Child and Women Welfare.

They do not have job security and Provident Fund facility, and are not promoted. Many anganwadi workers complain about ill treatment by people's representatives, including panchayat members.

The children in anganwadis are expected to be provided with cooked food.

But anganwadis are not provided firewood for cooking.

She says the recent Government Order transferring the administration of anganwadis to gram panchayats from the department has irked the workers.

They will now face more insecurity.

The Government should withdraw its order.

It was in this context that over 1,500 anganwadi workers staged a demonstration in front of the zilla panchayat office here recently.

Despite giving 15 days notice to the zilla panchayat about the demonstration, no high-level official were in station to receive the memorandum from the protestors.

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