VELLORE/TIRUVANNAMALAI: Around 300 noon meal and anganwadi workers staged a road-roko in front of Collectorate here on Monday. They were arrested and later released by the police.
The protestors raised slogans against the State and demanded `4000 as pension. “Our employees and midday meal workers should be upgraded as a full-time government employee and be paid like other staff. We will not stop our protest till our demands are met,” said N Susila, State secretary of the anganwadi association.
District president of the Midday Meal and Anganwadi Workers Association R Rajasekar said, “We are about 4000 anganwadi and midday meal workers in Vellore. We should be treated like other government employees.” Due to the demonstration, peak hour traffic came to a halt for almost 20 minutes on the CMC Road. The protestors said, they had submitted several petitions but there was no action.
In Tiruvannamalai, around 400 midday meal and anganwadi workers protested in front of the collectorate on Sunday, pressing similar demads.