March to Parliament on 21 Nove...

29 October 2014
March to Parliament on  21 November 2014 to Save ICDS

A four day Workshop on ‘ICDS Mission’ and Organisational review of AIFAWH were held from 21-24 August 2014 at Gulbarga, Karnataka. Coming from 17 states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh(C), Delhi, Guja...

Anganwadi Worker Murdered in S...

30 October 2014
Anganwadi Worker Murdered in Sunia Village

A delegation of the AIFAWH West Bengal unit went to the village where Dipali Giri, an anganwadi worker was stripped, paraded naked, gang raped and hacked to death and her body hung on a tree in Sunia...

Anganwadi workers, ayahs deman...

05 November 2014
Anganwadi workers, ayahs demand better pay

Demanding that the government pay them a monthly salary of Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively, Anganwadi workers and ayahs in the district converged here on Monday and took out an impressive rally....

Twenty three thousand anganwad...

27 November 2014
Twenty three thousand anganwadi workers and helpers March to Parliament

Twenty three thousand anganwadi workers and helpers March to Parliament Submits 1.64 crore signatures to Prime Minister In one of the biggest ever mobilisation of women workers in the capital, on 21 N...

25 Years of AIFAWH and the Tas...

04 January 2015
25 Years of AIFAWH and the Tasks Ahead

The ‘All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers’ (AIFAWH) extends warm greetings to all the anganwadi workers and helpers in the country, all its members, activists and cadres and wishes th...

AIFAWH - 25 years of Struggles...

11 January 2015
AIFAWH - 25 years of Struggles and Achievements

The ‘All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers’ (AIFAWH) came into being on 6th January 1991 in its first national conference in Udaipur in Rajasthan. The past twenty five years have been...

Continue the fight to Save Ind...

11 January 2015
Continue the fight to Save India from Hunger and Malnutrition

Call of AIFAWH National Seminar on “Malnutrition in India and the ICDS as ‘Mission’ India , the ‘Republic of Hunger’ as she call it, has gone from bad to worse in hunger, and the fight to Save the Int...

Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi W...

21 February 2015
Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi Workers in Karnataka

‘THE heart of the city comes to a standstill!’, ‘Stranded Vehicles’, ‘Total traffic jam between 12 and 3 pm’, ‘Women Squatting right in the middle of Road in front of Freedom Park’, ‘A Deluge of Peopl...

Women and Children Neglected;...

28 February 2015
Women and Children Neglected; Allocations to ICDS Cut by Half

AIFAWH Calls for Country wide Protest Demonstrations The Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister displays a total lack of concern towards the well being of the women and children of the countr...

AIFAWH Demands Day 2015

11 July 2015
AIFAWH Demands Day 2015

Nearly two lakh anganwadi workers and helpers took to the streets to observe ‘Demands’ Day’ on 10th July 2015 in spite of heavy rains. Protest against the drastic cut in the Central Budget for ICDS an...

Victory of Anganwadi workers a...

29 July 2015
Victory of Anganwadi workers and helpers in Tripura

AIFAWH welcomes the decision of the Left front government of Tripura to extend pension to the anganwadi workers and helpers of the state. AIFAWH congratulates the Tripura anganwadi workers and helpers...

8th Conference of AIFAWH

09 January 2016
8th Conference of AIFAWH

8th conference of Anganwadi workers and helpers began on 7th January 2016 in RTC Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad at sharp 10.00am in the morning. Among the loud slogans of Revolution Long live and Down with Ca...

प्रैस विज्ञप्ति : मोदी सरकार पर विजय हासिल करने पर, आइफा देशभर के आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों को बधाई देती है संघर्षों के दबाव में आकर मोदी सरकार को आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का मानदेय 1500रू , मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स को मानदेय 1250 और हैल्पर्स का मानदेय 750रू बढ़ाना पड़ा। निरंतर संघर्षों और 5 सितम्बर 2018 को हुई मजदूर-किसान संघर्ष रैली का प्रभाव

मोदी सरकार पर विजय हासिल करने पर, आइफा देशभर के आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों को बधाई देती है
संघर्षों के दबाव में आकर मोदी सरकार को आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का मानदेय 1500रू , मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स को मानदेय 1250 और हैल्पर्स का मानदेय 750रू बढ़ाना पड़ा।
निरंतर संघर्षों और 5 सितम्बर 2018 को हुई मजदूर-किसान संघर्ष रैली का प्रभाव
आइफा मांग करती है कि 45वें भारतीय श्रम सम्मेलन की स्कीम वर्कर्स से संबंधित सिफारिशें तुरंत लागू की जाएं - न्यूनतम वेतन 18000रू प्रतिमाह, पेंशन व सामाजिक सुरक्षा लाभ व मजूदर की मान्यता दी जाए
आईसीडीएस में प्रत्यक्ष नकद हस्तांतरण के निर्णय को वापस लिया जाए और आधार से जोड़ने के नाम पर लाभार्थियों को आईसीडीएस योजना से बाहर निकालना बंद करें।
 
अखिल भारतीय आंगनवाड़ी सेविका एवं सहायिका फैडरेशन ( आइफा ) देशभर के सभी आंगनवाड़ी सेविकाओं व सहायिकाओं को बधाई देती है कि वे मोदी सरकार पर आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों का वेतन  बढ़ाने का दबाव बना पाए।यह पिछले चार सालों में आइफा के नेतृत्व में अपनी लंबित मांगों पर चलाए जा रहे लगातार संघर्षों के साथ - साथ 5 सितम्बर 2018 को हुई मज़दूर - किसान संघर्ष रैली जिसमें करीब 50 हज़ार आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों ने हिस्सा लिया था, ये उसका ही नतीजा है। आइफा द्वारा इन लंबित मांगों पर लाभार्थियों से तीन करोड़ हस्ताक्षर एकत्रित किए गए हैं। लेकिन यह ध्यान रहे कि अभी पांच राज्यों में चुनाव होने हैं और अगला संसदीय चुनाव भी नज़दीक ही है, इसलिए मोदी सरकार वेतन बढ़ाने को मजबूर हुई।
 
प्रधान मंत्री जी ने घोषणा की है कि आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का वेतन 1500 रू प्रतिमाह, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का वेतन 1250रू प्रतिमाह तथा हैल्पर्स का वेतन 750 रू प्रतिमाह बढ़ाया गया है। कुल मिलाकर आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर को 4500रू प्रतिमाह, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर को 3500 रू प्रतिमाह तथा हैल्पर्स को 2250रू प्रतिमाह मिलेंगे। सरकार की मजदूर विरोधी नीतियों को देखा जाए तो यह मजदूर वर्ग के संघर्ष की बड़ी उपलब्धि है। 
यह नोट किया जाना चाहिए कि आईसीडीएस में वर्तमान फंड का बंटवारा 60ः40 के अनुपात के आधार पर किया जाता है, दरअसल भारत सरकार आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों को 900रू प्रतिमाह, 750रू प्रतिमाह और 450रू प्रतिमाह करती है। इसके अलावा आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के लिए अन्य जो भी घोषणाएं की गईं है वे भी पहले से मौजूद अन्य योजनाएं ही हैं। परन्तु आईसीडीएस योजना को स्थाई बनाने के प्रश्न पर मोदी जी ने कुछ नहीं कहा, जोकि भारत के प्रत्येक बच्चे और मां का भोजन, स्वास्थ्य और शिक्षा पाने का अधिकार है। आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के न्यूनतम वेतन व पेंशन पाने के अधिकार के बारे में मोदी जी ने कुछ नहीं कहा। उन्होंने स्पष्ट तौर पर बिल्कुल नहीं बताया कि वे आईसीडीएस के लिए कितना बजट आवंटित करने वाले हैं।
 
स्वयं को कुपोषण दूर करने में चैंपियन बताने वाली ये वही मोदी सरकार है, जो आईसीडीएस के बजट में लगातार भारी कटौती कर रही है। आज भी बहुत से राज्यों में फंड का अभाव होने के कारण पिछले 3-6 महीनों से पोषाहार की आपूर्ति नहीं हो पा रही और आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स और हैल्पर्स की वेतन भी लंबित है। हम अपना संकल्प दोहराते हैं कि जनता को बुनियादी सेवाएं उपलब्ध कराने वाली योजनाओं का निजीकरण करके उन्हें समाप्त करने के खिलाफ संघर्ष जारी रखेंगे। 
 
आइफा गर्व से कहती है कि हम अपने संघर्षों को तेज करके, वर्कर्स और आम जनता को लामबंद करके निरंतर संघर्षों द्वारा हम कुछ उपलब्धियां हासिल कर पाए हैं। पिछले तीन सालों में ( 2016 - 2018 ) , में हम प्रत्येक राज्य सरकार और अब भारत सरकार को भी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स का वेतन बढ़ाने के लिए मजबूर कर पाए। हमें विश्वास है कि इससे न केवल आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों को हौसला मिलेगा कि वे अपनी मांगों पर और भी जुझारू संघर्ष आयोजित कर सकें, बल्कि मजदूर वर्ग के सभी तबकों जैसे मजदूर, खेतिहर मजदूर व किसानों को भी हौसला मिलेगा। हम देश के सभी आंगनवाउ़ी कर्मचारियों का आह्वान करते हैं कि आने वाले दिनों में केंद्रीय ट्रेड यूनियनों द्वारा घोषित दो दिवसीय हड़ताल सहित अपने बुनियादी अधिकारों के लिए और भी जुझारू संघर्षों की तैयारी करें। 
 
जारीकर्ता
ए आर सिंधु, महासचिव 

 

AIFAWH congratulates the anganwadi workers and helpers throughout the country on their victory over the Modi Government.  Forcing it to announce an increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers by Rs.1500 per month, mini anganwadi workers by Rs.1250 per month and helpers by Rs.750 per month.  Result of Consistent struggles including the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh rally on 5th September 2018

Demands IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 45TH INDIAN LABOUR CONFERENCE DECISIONS on Scheme workers – Minimum wages Rs.18000 pm, pension and social security and recognition as workers

Withdraw the Decision on Direct Benefit Transfer in ICDS and Exclusion of Beneficiaries in the Name of the Linking of Aadhar.

All India federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) congratulates anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for forcing the Modi government to announce an increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers on the eve of the assembly elections in five states and also ahead of the next parliament election. This is the result of consistent struggles by the anganwadi employees for the last four years on their long pending demands under the leadership of AIFAWH and also under the joint platform of Central trade unions including the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh rally on 5th September 2018 in which nearly fifty thousand anganwadi workers and helpers participated. AIFAWH had collected nearly three crore signatures from beneficiaries on these long pending demands.

The Prime Minister announced an increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers by Rs.1500 per month, mini anganwadi workers by Rs.1250 per month and workers Rs.750 per month making it Rs.4500 pm, Rs.3500 pm and Rs.2250 pm respectively. Considering the anti labour policies of the government, this is a great achievement of the worker’s struggles.

It is to be noted that as per the current fund sharing patterns in ICDS (60:40), the actual amount the government of India will be paying is Rs.900pm, Rs.750 and Rs.450 respectively. The other announcements made by the Prime Minister are nothing but various existing government schemes. But the basic questions of making the scheme permanent to ensure the right of every child and mother to food, health and education and the right of the workers for minimum wages and pension are not been addressed. Modi has not made it clear that how much additional funds he is going to allocate to ICDS.

Modi Government, which is now pretending to be the champion of combating nutrition has been continuously cutting down the budget allocation for ICDS. Even today, in most of the states the wages of anganwadi workers and helpers are pending and the nutrition supply is stopped for last 3-6 months due to the lack of funds. We reiterate our resolve to fight against the policies of Modi government winding up and privatising the schemes providing basic services to the people.

AIFAWH is proud that we could advance our struggles to make some achievements through consistent struggles by mobilising the workers and also the public. In the last three years (2016-2018), our struggles could make every state government and now the government of India also to increase the wages of anganwadi workers and helpers. We are sure that this will give more confidence not only to the anganwadi employees in their struggle for achieving the demands but also to the struggles of all working people- workers, agricultural workers and peasantry. We call upon the anganwadi workers and helpers throughout the country to be prepared for more militant struggles for our basic rights in the coming days including the two days general strike as announced by the central trade unions.

Issued by (A R Sindhu)

General Secretary 

Strongly protests the order of Bihar government to proceed with DBT
Calls upon the anganwadi workers to boycott the opening/linking of bank accounts of beneficiaries

All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) demands the immediate withdrawal of order No ICDS/40025/06-2018/2190 dated 23 May 2018 of Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Social Welfare Department, Bihar government to open child account (zero balance) in Axis Bank within a week  for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of supplementary nutrition.

Clearly this is as part of the Government of India's move to introduce DBT in supplementary nutrition in ICDS.  This is against the food security act and the direction of the Supreme Court.

This will sabotage the integrated approach for child development and efforts to counter the alarming levels of malnutrition in our country. This will affect more than 8 crore children under six and nearly 2 crore pregnant women and lactating mothers.  It is shocking that the government of India is not ready to withdraw this move in spite of the expert opinions against it, the opposition from all quarters and the clear evidence of failure of DBT in various schemes.

In Bihar where the malnutrition is rampant and the ICDS is suffering from severe resource crunch due to the budget cuts of the government's it will lead to the dismantling of ICDS.

AIFAWH calls upon all anganwadi workers of the country to stop the linking/opening of bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

We call upon all organisations of beneficiaries, organisations who work for food security and child rights and all concerned individuals to oppose the move of DBT in ICDS and such schemes.

AIFAWH calls upon its state units to immediately to take up the issue and organise local mobilisations and burning of effigy of the government of India and state governments which are going ahead with DBT on 1-7 June 2018.

AIFAWH demand day on 10 July 2018 will see the biggest ever mobilisation of anganwadi workers and helpers to save ICDS.

A R Sindhu
General Secretary
AIFAWH

AIFAWH will burn the effigies of NDA government throughout the country on 2nd February 2018

The election manifesto of the BJP for the 2014 Parliament elections say that if came to power it will “Review the working conditions and enhance the remuneration of Anganwadi worker's”. The last full budget of the NDA government is the proof of not only the breaking of its promise but also of the criminal neglect of India’s eight crore malnourished children and two crore pregnant mothers. Since 2011 the remuneration of the anganwadi employees had not been increased whereas the working hours had been increased to make it full time. (At present the Government of India pays Rs.1800 for workers and Rs.900 for anganwadi helpers per month)

According to the ministry of WCD, 75 lakh new born children die every year in India before completing six months. In this situation, the only scheme which guarantees holistic development of the children under six in India, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme need to be strengthened. The Supreme Court directive and the Right to Food Act guarantee this. But the Modi led NDA government had continuously cut down the budget allocation to this crucial scheme which ensure right to food, education and health to the children and maternity entitlement to the mothers. In his first budget he has cut down the budget from Rs.18108 crores(2014-15) to Rs.8400crores (2015-16), which the government was forced to increase due to struggles by the workers and helpers.

Continuous struggles by the anganwadi workers and helpers at various levels forced the government not to further cut down the allocation. The allocation for ICDS this year is Rs.16, 334.88 crores where as it was 15,425.19 crores last year. This allocation is grossly inadequate to even cover the increased cost norms for the supplementary nutrition declared by the Ministry in September 2017. (According the ministry, the additional expenditure for the nutrition is nearly Rs.10000crores in ICDS for three years.). IN many states the supplementary nutrition is not supplied since last six months.

Modi government which had been making false claim on increasing maternity benefits has cut down the already inadequate allocation for Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana by Rs.300 crores in this budget.

Even the all India Strike by the scheme workers on 17 January 2018 in which nearly sixty lakh workers participated could not make this pro corporate NDA government sensitive to the cause of workers and the poor and marginalized people. The government is going ahead with direct benefit transfer in place of services in anganwadi centres and packaged food by the multinationals. We warn the government that it has to pay heavy price in the coming elections if they are not ready to mend their ways.

The demands for implementation of recommendations of the 45th Indian Labour Conference to recognise the scheme workers including anganwadi workers and helpers as employees, give them minimum wages and pension and other social security benefits are again negated.

AIFAWH calls upon all the state unions and anganwadi workers and helpers to protest against government’s anti worker policies by organising protest demonstrations and actions including burning of effigy, all over the country on 2nd February 2017, along with other workers as per the call of central trade unions.

AIFAWH will plan further struggles including strike and indefinite Padav in Delhi in consultation with other trade unions. AIFAWH calls upon the anganwadi employees to be prepared for militant struggles till our demands are met and reach out to the people of the country for support to the struggles to Save ICDS.

Issued by
A. R. Sindhu,
General Secretary
AIFAWH

The Punjab police unleashed a barbaric midnight attack on the anganwadi employees who were sleeping at the place of ‘mahapadav’ in Patiala in Punjab.

Thousands of anganwadi employees were on a peaceful protest against the indiscriminate opening of pre primary sections in government schools and the Direct Cash Transfer initiated by the Punjab government, as decided by the Government of India. These would ultimately lead to the closure of the anganwadi centres and sound the death knell for ICDS. The Anganwadi Mulajam Union, Punjab had given the call for a ‘mahapadav’ in Patiala against these measures, when repeated appeals to the government failed. The chief minister even went back on his promise to meet the union representatives.

The programme received overwhelming response from the anganwadi employees. Around ten thousand anganwadi employees were participating in the mahapadav from all over the state. They were all sleeping when the police, without any notice, used water cannon at midnight and started lathi charge on them. Many anganwadi employees including Usha Rani, president of AIFAWH were injured. Usha Rani and several other leaders of the union were arrested and taken into custody.

AIFAWH strongly condemns this cowardly act of the Punjab government which infringes upon the democratic rights of the people and demands immediate release of the arrested union leaders. We demand that the government should reverse its decision for Direct Cash Transfer and opening of nursery sections in the government schools. The chief minister should immediately call the union leadership for talks and settle their issues amicably through discussions.

AIFAWH calls upon all its state committees throughout the country to protest against this move and write to the Punjab CM demanding a dialogue with the union.

 Issued by
A R Sindhu
General Secretary

STOP MISLEADING THE PEOPLE;
CLARIFY THE STEPS BY THE MINISTRY OF WCD
STOP THE PROPOSALS FOR DBT/CCT AND PACKAGED FOOD IN ICDS

The Ministry of WCD on 12 October 2017 issued a statement that the There is no proposal to discontinue Supplementary Nutrition Program under ICDS and replace it with Conditional Cash Transfer”. The statement says There have been reports in the Media that the Ministry of Women and Child Development is contemplating to dismantle the supplementary nutrition component of the ICDS programme and replace it with conditional cash transfer. It is pointed out that these reports are not based on correct factual position”(underline added)

The media reports which appeared in most of the National dailies on 20th September 2017 contained two statements from the Ministry of WCD – first one quoted the Minister for WCD Smt. Maneka Gandhi addressing a meeting of officials from 130 districts on 19 September 2017. As per the reports she said that “our delivery system has always been dependent on anganwadis. Anganwadi stopped being an effective delivery system 20 years ago.” So, the minister reportedly suggested that nutrient packages should be delivered through post offices. “Thirty packages can be delivered through the post office to every family that has a baby and a pregnant mother. Since it is not vegetable or rice, it cannot be misused or sold in the market,” she said.

Secondly the media reported media briefing by Shri. Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, WCD Ministry that the Centre is considering cash transfers under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) instead of take home rations for children under three and pregnant and lactating mothers in Anganwadis. He is quoted “DBT (direct benefits transfer) is being considered in the Ministry (Women & Child Development), and a decision will be taken soon.”

The news report quotes a ministry official says “In the first phase, we will cover 300 of the most backward districts where, as per data, the extent of malnutrition and stunting of children is the highest. This will be followed by the remaining districts a year later.”

Based on the above statements and also on various other statements and documents by the ministry, various organisations, activists and concerned individuals has given representations issued statements and organised protests against these moves.

All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers has always been opposed to the replacement of freshly cooked locally available food to be served in anganwadi centres as envisaged in the very basic design of anganwadis to combat malnutrition with either packaged food or with cash transfer.

AIFAWH had organised protests throughout the country on 22/23 September 2017 itself against these proposals by the ministry and submitted memorandums to the concerned governments. In many places of the country various programmes are continuing. Many other organisations and movements have also represented to the ministry as per reports. That may be the reason behind the clarification by the ministry which came as a Press Information Bureau release dated 12 October 2017.

But simply saying that “There is no proposal to discontinue the supplementary nutrition programme under ICDS and replace it with conditional cash transfer. The reports appearing in the Media therefore are factually incorrect” will not be enough. The people of the country would like to have some clarifications from the Ministry.First of all, the Ministry has not denied the reported statements by the WCD Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi or the Secretary Shri. Rakesh Shrivastava. It has to clarify whether they deny these statements or must explain what the minister and secretary meant by these statements.

Secondly, the Ministry in its statement made to clarify regarding same cash transfer and linking of Aadhar, issued on 9th  March 2017 states that “There have also been complaints about the quality of Take Home Rations (THR). Therefore, the Government is considering ways to improve the system and to make it more transparent. It is also exploring the possibility of Conditional Cash Transfer in lieu of THR in select districts as a pilot as one of the options. However, a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard.”

The Ministry shall clarify what is the result of its “exploration” and what is the “final decision” regarding this and who is taking that decision. If on 9th March 2017 the Ministry says the decisions on the Pilot projects are yet to be taken, how come the Ministry in its letter no F No.19/10/2016-WBP dated 5th January 2017, directed the Governments of Delhi, Uttarakhand and Odisha to immediately start implementing the pilot innovation projects under ISSNIP replacing THR with Conditional Cash Transfer?(Copy enclosed).

The Ministry has to clarify that whether they have directed other states as well to implement pilot projects replacing THR with cash transfer. In many states like West Bengal, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar etc, the state departments are directing the anganwadi workers to link the beneficiaries’ Aadhar number with their parents’ bank accounts for cash transfer. Moreover, it is not clear from any of the ministry’s statements that whether they are implementing a direct benefit transfer or conditional cash transfer.

It was always been a tactics by the ruling classes to give different opinions at the same time (here different statements by different officials/ ministers) to mislead the people. AIFAWH demand that the ministry declare that it will not implement DBT/CCT or packaged food in place of freshly cooked food in anganwadis.

AIFAWH calls upon the affiliated unions and the anganwadi workers and helpers to intensify the campaign and struggles for strengthening the ICDS and for the rights of the anganwadi workers and helpers.

A R Sindhu
General Secretary

All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) strongly condemn the MOU signed between the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Cairn India Ltd , a subsidiary of the Multinational ‘Vedanta’ to “to develop and modernise 4000 next generation Anganwadis in the country” as per the PIB release.

 This is nothing but withdrawal of government of India from its responsibility of providing the childrens’ right to food, health and education and an effort to leave it to the charity of the corporate and big business.AIFAWH demands that the MWCD, Governemnt of India must withdraw the move to privatise the anganwadi centres by handing over it to the corporate and cancel the MOU.

In the Union budget 2015-16 government has changed the funding pattern, putting the entire responsibility of running the scheme to the state government. The Government of India had drastically cut down the budget allocation for ICDS to mere Rs.8335.77 in 2015-16 from Rs. 18,195 crores last year. This cut comes in spite the proposed allocation as per Planning Commission in the 12th Plan for ICDS was Rs.23,025 crores.

The lack of funds started affecting the scheme in the states and in the states like Bihar, Punjab UP etc, the nutrition is not being supplied since 4-5 months. Anganwadi employees are not being paid wages in states like Maharashtra since April 2015. In the name of lack of funds the government is handing over the anganwadi centres to corporates and corporate NGOs like Vedanta, JP Cements, Nandi Foundation, ISKON etc through PPP, ‘adoption’ etc

The anganwadi centers extend most crucial services of nutrition healthcare and  pre-school education for the under six children and nutrition and healthcare to pregnant women and lactating mothers. With the inclusion of ICDS in Right to Food Act and the public demand to arrest alarming levels of malnutrition in the country, the services in ICDS has been made full time (six hours) since 2012, even though the wages of the employees were not increased. The government of India also, in  its declarations, have committed to convert anganwadi centers to full time anganwadi cum crèches. Now, according to PIB release, these “new generation anganwadi centers”  are “proposed to be run as a shared space in which 50% of the time will be devoted to children’s education and the remaining half will support women’s skill development.” This move to handover the anganwadi centers to the whims and fancies of the corporate which have already declared that they will depute anganwadi workers in skill development of women, will sabotage the very functioning of anganwadi centers. This is providing government infrastructure to prepare rural women as the cheapest labour for the “Corporate Make India” plan.

It is also not made clear by the govt of India, which  refused to implement recommendations of 45th the Indian Labour Conference for regularisation, minimum wages and social security of the anganwadi workers and helpers, that how they will make already overburdened anagnwadi workers do along with the another full time work along with their present tasks. The company is changing the name of the most popular ‘ anganwadi centres’ to ‘Nand Ghar’ in some places, which needs to be opposed.

One another aspect which needs further investigation its recently aquired subsidiary investigation is the propriety in having an agreement with company such as Vedanta and Cairn India which is having dubious credentials. There are reports that the Income tax department has issued a notice to Cairn India for withholding tax on Capital gains made by it to the tune of Rs.20,495 crores. Reports says that the Foreign Investment Promotion Board has not yet given their approval to  the merger of Cairn India with Vedanta. We apprehend high level corporate corruption involved in giving credibility to such company by signing an agreement which may help them in tax evasions or concessions.

AIFAWH demands the immediate withdrawal of such an agreement which is aimed at image building and tax evasion of corporate companies at the expense of the future of our children.

AIFAWH calls upon its affiliated unions and the anganwadi workers and helpers to resist tooth and nail the Corporate Company Raj in Anganwadis. We  appeal to the beneficiaries’ organizations such as trade unions, women, peasant and agricultureal workers’ organizations to come out in defence of ICDS and resist the corporate takeover at the ground level.

Issued by
A R Sindhu
General Secretary

Against Privatisation of ICDS and cutting down of benefits by Modi Government

For recognition as Workers, Minimum Wage and Pension

All India federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) congratulates anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for the magnificent success of the observance of “All India Demands’ Day” on 10th July 2017.

As per the reports received so far, more than six lakh anganwadi workers from 24 states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telengana, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - observed “All Idnia Demands’ Day” on 10 July 2017 at district head quarters at the call of AIFAWH.

In various states the government had tried to prevent the anganwadi workers and helpers from participating in the struggle, by issuing notices, denying police permission etc. But even in Srinagar, anganwadi workers and helpers demonstrated for their demands. In Assam, in spite of heavy rain and floods, hundreds of anganwadi workers and helpers assembled in various districts. There were arrests in many places in the country.



AIFAWH Demand’s Day which falls on 10th July, this year was marked by the expression of anger over the Modi government’s agreement with corporate company “Vedanta’ to use anganwadi centres for its skill development and the withdrawal of Anganwadi Karyakarti Bima Yojana’ the only social security available to the anganwadi workers and helpers.

The government which came to power promising “Review the working conditions and enhance the remuneration of Anganwadi worker's” is clearly announced that “we will not increase their remuneration”. The recommendations of the 45th Indian Labour Conference to recognize the anganwadi employees as workers, pay minimum wages and pension are totally ignored. There is an attack on their freedom of association. Since 2011 the remuneration of the anganwadi employees has not been increased whereas the working hours have been increased to make it full time.
AIFAWH once again congratulates the anganwadi workers and helpers for their successful show of strength and protest. AIFAWH calls upon the anganwadi workers and helpers to be prepared for higher forms of struggles including indefinite ‘sit in’(padav) in Delhi in the coming days. AIFAWH appeals to the class and mass organisations of various sections and people at large to support our fight for the childrens’ right for food, health and education and to Save ICDS.

Issued by

A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary

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