Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2017-03-21 12:51 Bengaluru: Over 10,000 anganwadi workers braved the night heat and slept on an empty stomach on the road, while rest of the Bengaluru had a comfortable night on Monday. Coming from various parts of the state, at least 10,000 anganwadi workers staged a protest in front of Freedom Park demanding a hike in their honorarium. There was no basic amenities like water or toilet facility for these protesters at the spot. Yet, they put up a brave front and have continued to protest even on Tuesday. Despite the police intervention, they did not budge. They continued to protest and slept on the road throwing the traffic out of gear. On Tuesday morning, they had queued up for at least half a kilometre in front of a lone public toilet for their morning ablutions near the Freedom Park. Presently, they are being paid Rs 5,200 on a 60:40 ratio with the Central government. So, together they are getting Rs 7,500. However, they are demanding Rs 10,000 at least. They pointed out that their counterparts in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu are drawing Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000. They have also demanded pension and provident fund facilities from the government. Their protest continued even on Tuesday and there was heavy traffic in and around majestic - Okalipuram, Rajajinagar Entrance, Anandrao Circle, Seshadripuram Road, Shivanand Circle, Palace Road, KG Road, Corporation, Malleswaram, Race Course Road, Chalukya Circle, Krishna Flour Mill junction. They hope that the government considers their demand as they are the grassroot workers in implementing any schemes by the government. Moreover, their service is being used by district administrations on various occasions. But their service is not given due recognition. “It is impossible to lead our lives with such a meagre amount. We have no water to drink or food to feed our babies here. They are also suffering with us in the heat. But the governemnt seems to be oblivious to our plight. Will the government listen to us," asked a protester. Two of the protesting workers have fallen ill and they have been rushed to KC General Hospital in Malleswaram. The duo have been identified as Manjula and Sunanda of Maddur.