Anganwadi workers call off four-day stir following CM's assurance; but a few stay back

Anganwadi workers call off four-day stir following CM

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-03-23 19:35 Bengaluru: Anganwadi workers called off their four-day protest on Thursday after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured to meet Anganwadi Workers' Association President, Varalakshmi, on April 10 to discuss their demands. The breakthrough came after Siddaramaiah met with Varalakshmi on Wednesday. Varalakshmi said, "We met the CM and Umashree today. They have assured to meet us on April 10 to discuss our demand to increase salaries. I hope CM Siddaramaiah will not fail in his promises." Around 10,000 workers had gathered at the Freedom Park road and slept on the roads for four days along with their children. Many organisations and individuals had come forward to provide food and water to the protesting workers. Former minister Krishnaiah Setty too arranged food for them but the workers refused, saying they were not begging for food but wanted a permanent solution to their problem.  As the protest was withdrawn late in the night, bus and railway stations were crowded. Majority of the protesters were worried about reaching their home. However, a few of the protesters who were vary of the government's promise said they can't trust the government. "We will continue our protest here. We can't buy government's words," said a group of women who had decided to stay back.