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Workers pay Rs14-lakh rent of anganwadi, won’t get it back


Workers pay Rs14-lakh rent of anganwadi, won’t get it back

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 7

Anganwadi workers in the district have paid around Rs 14 lakh from their own pockets as rent of their private buildings to owners as they were assured that they would get their amount later.

But the decision of the state government to disburse the amount directly into the account of owners has created problems for workers.

According to sources, anganwadi workers posted at 70 different centres in the Sangrur block have paid Rs 14 lakh to the owners private buildings of their centres during the last two financial years due to delay in the release of their budget.

However, on April 11, state government issued instructions that the Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development will release the rent amount to the accounts of building owners.

When workers approached their department seniors and the matter was taken up with Finance Department, it gave one chance to workers to get their bills of rent amount cleared by July 31. But since the department released the budget on July 26, the workers failed to get their bills cleared.

“Anganwadi workers are already working on meagre salaries and they have paid the rent of their buildings from their own pocket. But the decision of the state government to release the rent directly to the accounts of building owners has created problems for us as we have already paid to owners. We request the CM to look into the matter,” said Mandeep Sharma, president of Sangrur block of Anganwadi Mulazam Union Punjab (CITU).

Despite repeated calls, Sangrur treasury officer Sneh Lata could not be contacted.

Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) Gurvinder Singh Aujla confirmed that workers were facing a lot of problem and the matter was in the knowledge of seniors officers of the department.

“We have resent their bills of around Rs 14 lakh to the Treasury Department with our certificate, attesting that workers have paid monthly rents from their pockets. We have also informed Director, Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development, and issue would be sorted out in coming some days. The workers will get their money,” the CDPO said.

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