The protesting Anganwadi workers state that they have been asked by officials to return to work and assist in the pulse-polio campaign. However, they have refused to comply.
The ongoing protest of Anganwadi workers in support of their demands is affecting the pulse-polio campaign. According to the State president of Anganwadi workers association, Rekha Negi, “Anganwadi workers are the backbone of the pulse-polio campaign as we are the one who assist at booths as well as go door to door for the campaign. This time the government will at least know how much we contribute instead of questioning our role in the system.”
One of the protesting Anganwadi workers, Seema Negi said, “We refused to go for our duty in the pulse-polio campaign because the government has remained blind and deaf towards our demands.”
“Our protest is intensifying day by day. On Friday, Anganwadi workers from Sahaspur came to support us. We’ll not leave our struggle in the middle. The police are taking our Anganwadi women to the hospital by force but it is not going to change anything. If fast unto death fails to move the government, we will immolate ourselves and then even the police wouldn’t be able to do anything,” added Rekha Negi.
Earlier, on Thursday, hunger striker Manorama Nautiyal was taken to the hospital by police and Pinky Singh started her fast unto death strike in her place.