It took four visits to one house, during the second wave of Covid-19, for 42-year-old Avantika Giri to convince a family to get their child to the dispensary for routine vaccinations. An anganwadi worker for 14 years, Avantika travelled in buses at her own cost, often working overtime, for a pay of Rs 9,709 in Johripur, East Delhi.
The working hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but "I never went home before 5 p.m. in those months. Sometimes, I took my baby son along with me on rounds, even though I knew there were Covid patients in some of the houses I visited. But he fell sick, so I had no option," she told IndiaSpend, outside Vikas Bhavan in New