Anganwadi workers stage protest in Mohali. Anganwadi workers and helpers on Monday staged huge protest in Mohali against the state government’s decision to start pre-primary classes for the children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. They opposed the capt government’s decision of enrolling children above three years of age in pre-primary classes at government school from the next session. A large number of anganwadi workers gathered to express resentment against the proposal.The anganwadi employees were protesting against the merger of 800 primary schools and the decision of starting pre-primary classes in these schools by merging anganwadi centres. The protesters alleged that it was their fundamental right to stage a protest against the ‘anti-social’ policies of the government but the administrative officials did not allow them to exercise this right.Accusing the Congress government of backing out of its promises, the protesters demanded that the workers and helpers of these centres should now be given the pay scale equal to nursery teachers since they had been working as teachers for the children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. Usha Rani, an anganwadi employee leader, said the governments at the both the Centre and the state had failed to provide basic facilities to the residents of the region and the staff members working in the pre-primary centres had also been left in lurch due to scant facilities.She added that there were around 64,000 employees in 26,833 anganwadi centres across the state and the government’s decision to merge these centres with primary schools was not in their favour. She said if the government wanted to merge these centres, the decision of merging 800 schools should have been taken after the merger.
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