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Bhubaneswar: Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister of Odisha Prafulla Samal on Wednesday met and requested the Anganwadi workers to end their over three-week long strike citing the health and well being of children dependent on them.
The anganwadi workers have been on a relay strike on the Mahatma Gandhi Road here for the last 23 days to press their 12-point charter of demands, the major one being the regularisation of their services as Class III government employees.
Samal assured the protesters that the Government would fulfill some of their key demands within a month. “If the State government fails to fulfill their demands within a month, the Anganwadi workers can take any steps they wish,” the minister said.
Anganwadi workers of Bargarh district took part in the relay strike yesterday, while their colleagues from Sundargarh district are joining the strike today.
Anganwadi Workers play a key role in providing health care and education to children below the age of 6 and antenatal care for pregnant women under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme.