Thousands of anganwadi workers held a militant demonstration in Delhi on 24th of February, 2011. Women from all over the country took part in this demonstration. Anganwadi workers are being paid a paltry sum in the name of stipend. The women challenged Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to run a family on this pittance. The Anganwadi workers denounced the government for the precarious condition they are forced to live in. They wanted to be treated as workers covered by labour laws, and paid wages sufficient to maintain a family. They have demanded a decent salary, medical and other benefits for them and their families.