Since Monday, almost 56 lakh children have not received their supplementary food from Anganwadi as 2.75 lakh affiliated sevikas and helpers are on an indefinite strike demanding a pay hike.
On Tuesday, nearly 2,500 members of the Maharashtra State Anganwadi Workers Committee staged a protest at Azad Maidan for the same. They are on a strike since September 11 when the government failed to address the grievances of Anganwadi workers.
According to sevikas and workers, they have not received their salary since June. They want the state to pay them a salary of INR 10,000 which was promised to them in 2016.
Sukumar Damle, who is the president of Anganwadi Balwadi Karmchari Union informed that the government has formed a committee comprising of officers and representatives from the Anganwadi unions to probe the demands. The leaders are pinning their hopes on finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar who has promised the union that he will work out a proposal and present it to CM on September 22.