Anganwadi workers temporarily call off strike

The four-day strike by Anganwadi workers and helpers from all over the state, seeking a hike in their honorarium at Freedom Park came in Bengaluru, came to an end on Thursday.

The decision was taken following a meeting convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with the leaders of the protesters at his residence on Thursday evening. At the meeting, the chief minister is said to have assured them that the government is committed to meet their demands.

“The code of conduct is in place in view of Legislative Assembly by-elections and a written agreement cannot be given. As we said before, we will have a meeting on April 10 instead of on April 19 to discuss the matter of increasing the pay,” he added.

The women, leading the protest, were satisfied with the chief minister’s promise and decided to call off the strike for now.

President of Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers’ Association Varalakshmi has said that the government has promised us that our demands will be met. “Trusting the government words, we are temporarily calling off the strike.”

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