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Fighting for justice: Police removing anganwadi workers staging a protest in front of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's residence in Bangalore on Thursday.
BANGALORE: The State Government on Thursday categorically ruled out any changes in the newly announced pension scheme for anganwadi workers and assistants.
Speaking to The Hindu, Minister for Women and Child Development C.C. Patil defended the pension scheme and said that only a small part of the funds available in the pension fund would be invested in the market.
It has also been stated that the scheme is in accordance with the directions issued by the Union Government and that the State has very little scope to intervene.
The anganwadi workers have been on an agitation over the past few days demanding that the government refrain from investing pension fund money in the share market.
They defied a police ban and staged a protest in front of the Chief Minister's residence here on Thursday as well, where an estimated 5,000 women turned up under the banner of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions.
Mr. Patil said the scheme, in particular the investment of 15 per cent of the available funds in market equities, would be directly under the supervision of the pension fund authority.
Thursday's agitators demanded that the Government withdraw the order, which bans anganwadi workers from staging protests.
Centre for Indian Trade Unions leader Varalakshmi said that Mr. Patil met the agitators and fixed a meeting for them with the Chief Minister for April 21.
Meanwhile, the protest affected traffic on Race Course Road and Shivananda Circle. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic on Sheshadri Road, near Trilite junction, Race Course junction, Shivananda Circle, Kumara Krupa Road and surrounding areas.
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