When 35-year-old Ritu Rani, an anganwadi worker, protested outside CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in July-August, she was hopeful of a better life once her honorarium increases. Two months later, Rani and others like her returned to the streets — this time demanding their due payments be released at the earliest.
“Some of us haven’t got any money since April, some have received their salaries but not full amounts… a supervisor told us that money has been cut because we protested in July-August,” alleged Rani, a worker at the Trilokpuri project. On Friday, over 100 anganwadi workers and helpers — part of Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union — protested outside the head office of the Women and Child Development Department.
For some like Manisha, 34, a helper at a Nangloi project, “no money has come into the account since April”. Farhana, 45, who works at the Jama Masjid project, claimed, “I got my salary till September but they cut chunks of it… apparently, it is because we protested.”
Meanwhile, another issue that the anganwadi workers took up was that of “unjustifiable termination of two workers” — Hema and Sarita. “There are false allegations against us. We believe we are being punished for protesting against the state government,” claimed Sarita.