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March to Parliament on  21 November 2014 to Save ICDS

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Anganwadi Worker Murdered in S...

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Anganwadi Worker Murdered in Sunia Village

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Twenty three thousand anganwad...

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Twenty three thousand anganwadi workers and helpers March to Parliament

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25 Years of AIFAWH and the Tas...

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25 Years of AIFAWH and the Tasks Ahead

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AIFAWH - 25 years of Struggles...

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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...

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Continue the fight to Save India from Hunger and Malnutrition

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Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi W...

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Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi Workers in Karnataka

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Women and Children Neglected;...

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Women and Children Neglected; Allocations to ICDS Cut by Half

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AIFAWH Demands Day 2015

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AIFAWH Working Committee has decided to observe 26 May 2017 as “Dhoka Diwas”, “Cheating Day”. On that day Narendra Modi Government is observing its third anniversary.

This BJP led NDA government came to power with majority to a single party after a long gap. It got the majority on the big media propaganda of its promise of ‘achche din’, good days. People who were fed up with the policies of the congress led UPA government under which lakhs of farmers were forced to commit suicide, workers lost jobs, agricultural labourers forced to flee from their homes voted it out.



The anganwadi workers and helpers where agitated under the UPA rule which refused to recognize them as workers, pay them minimum wages or pension. Moreover, the UPA government brought the ICDS into ‘Mission’ mode which was aimed at total privatization of the scheme. The anger against the UPA regime and the promise of ‘achche din’ and media hype got the BJP into power in May 2014.

But three years of Modi led NDA government has proved to be worse than UPA, following the same policies in increased vigor. Farmers suicide, migration, unemployment, price rise, atrocities against women and children, labour law violations .. all are continuing. Modi government in continuation to the UPA policies is selling out profit making public sector units and national assets, giving increased tax relaxation to corporate, changing the hard earned labour laws in favour of the employers and so on.

It is strongly objecting to the recommendations of the 45th Indian Labour Conference to recognise the ‘scheme workers including anganwadi workers and helpers as workers, to pay them minimum wages and provide social security and pension.

Narendra Modi became the first and only one Prime Minister of India who cut down the budget of ICDS to half in his first full budget in 2015-16. From Rs.18108 crores (Budget Estimate)in 2014-15 to a mere Rs.8245.77crores. Later on our struggles forced the government to increase the budget through supplementary grants. But in 2016-17 and 2017-18 also the budget allocations are half of that of the Planning Commission allocation for ICDS.

On Page 22 of the Manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, BJP promises to “Review the working conditions and enhance the remuneration of Anganwadi worker's.” But, the Minister for WCD clearly told in the Parliament that it is not possible for her to increase the remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers.

ICDS is in crisis in many states due to resource crunch due to the budget cut. In many states large scale privatisation is going on in ICDS.

In this background AIFAWH has decided to observe the third anniversary of Modi government as “Dhoka Diwas”. Please find enclosed the election Manifesto of BJP for Parliament elections 2014.

We call upon the anganwadi workers and helpers throughout the country to burn the copy of the BJP election manifesto as the symbol of the false promises, at project level on that day.


Issued by

A R Sindhu
General Secretary

Anganwadi workers and helpers will organise protest all over the country on 2nd February 2017
Once again Arun Jaitely and Narendra Modi led NDA government had cheated the women and children of the country and the anganwadi workers and helpers. Budget 2017-18, like the previous budgets by the same ministry had criminally neglected India’s eight crore malnourished children under six and two crore pregnant women and lactating mothers by not increasing the allocation for the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. The Budget estimates for the ICDS (core) 2017-18 is only Rs.15245.19crores. It is even less than the Budget allocation for ICDS in 2015-16 which was Rs.15433.09 crores and Rs.18108 cores in 2014-15. It is only half of the 12th Plan allocation for ICDS for the year 2017-18 which is Rs.30,025 crores.
Deceitful statement on ‘Women and Child Development’: The finance Minister in his budget speech has given a misleading statement on the increased allocation for Women and child development.
The budget boasts about the much promoted Prime Minister’s announcement of the maternity benefit of Rs. 6,000 to the pregnant women. This was nothing new but included in the Right to Food Act. But ironically the amount earmarked for the Maternity Benefit programme is a mere Rs.2700 crore which will cover only 17% of the 2.6core live child births per year in India. Concealing these facts the finance Minister claims to increase the budget estimates for women and children.
Not Women’s empowerment but corporate takeover of the scheme. A dangerous move made in the budget is the announcement by the Finance Minister to set up ‘Mahila Shakti Kendra’ in the anganwadi centres. This is nothing but the government succumbing to the corporate agenda handing over the anganwadi centres to the disposal of the corporates. The Corporate ‘Vedanta’ Company proposed to utilise half of the time of the anganwadi centres for skill development after an agreement with the Ministry of WCD. After the opposition by AIFAWH, the WCD Ministry had assured that the anganwadi centres’ which are meant to be developed as anganwadi cum crèches shall not be utilized for any other purpose. But the budget had extended it to all the centres with a meager allocation of Rs.500crores and no clarity on who will be giving the training and how much time and space is necessary. With the present situation with half of the anganwadi centres do not even having basic facilities such as drinking water or own building, we apprehend the basic services will be affected. Moreover as being practiced, the burden of the extra work will also come to the anganwadi workers.
Dangerous move for Direct Cash transfers: Although in this budget, which came a few days before the assembly elections in five states, there are no direct proposals for direct cash transfers in place of schemes like ICDS, the economic survey sets the direction for direct cash transfer in the name of the Universal Basic Income Scheme. In many states like Telengana, they have started direct cash transfers on an experiment basis, in place of ICDS.
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. Since 2011 the remuneration of the anganwadi employees had not been increased whereas the working hours had been increased to make it full time.
AIFAWH calls upon all the state unions and anganwadi workers and helpers to protest against government’s attitude and remind them of their election promise of “Review the working conditions and enhance the remuneration of Anganwadi worker's” by organising protest demonstrations and actions including burning of effigy, all over the country on 2nd February 2017, along with other scheme workers. It 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.

Anganwadi workers and helpers, ASHA workers and Mid Day Meal workers organised a March to Parliament today at 3pm and burnt the effigy of the Prime minister.

Issued by

A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary

Anganwadi workers and Helpers reaffirm the resolve to join the General Strike on 2nd September 2016

Thwart the efforts of the Government to mislead the workers through false propaganda and foil the strike!
The Samyukta Morcha of Anganwadi Employees Federations had issued a strike notice to the Government of India, on 1st August 2016 to join the 2nd September 2016 General Strike call given by the Central trade unions on our long pending demands. Preparation for the strike is going on in full swing throughout the country.

Along with the long pending demands of regularization, minimum wages and social security, the anganwadi employees are raising the demand to stop the large scale privatization of ICDS by the Modi government. There is tremendous discontent and anger among the anganwadi workers and helpers throughout the country against the Narendra Modi government which had drastically cut down the budget allocation for the ICDS scheme and handing over it to corporates like Vedanta. This strike is going to be a grand success with the largest ever participation of anganwadi workers and helpers.

Obviously annoyed by this, the Modi government, since last few months has been resorting to a misinformation campaign to mislead the anganwadi workers and helpers as well as the other scheme workers. The latest such hoax being the campaign by the ministry that the government decided to give some benefits to the anganwadi workers and other scheme workers.

What is the reality?

Till date there is no promise or move by the government of India on the basic issues of Scheme workers - recognition as workers, minimum wages and pension.

The only offer in the very badly drafted letter by the Minister for Labour and Employment, received by the CITU on 26 August 2016 is “a comprehensive medical scheme for volunteers of various schemes, rikshaw pullers/auto drivers, domestic workers and other construction workers in unorganized sector under ESI is being framed”. Last year also, just before the strike the government had made such a promise.

In reality the recent ESIC proposal is to cover the scheme workers viz., anganwadi and mid-day-meal workers, ASHAs etc to provide limited benefit on payment of Rs.250/- per month which means 8.33% of the paltry honorarium of anganwadi workers, 16% for the helpers and 25% for the mid-day-meal workers. Whereas for other workers covered under ESI Act, the contribution is only 1.75% of their monthly wages for full ESI benefits. Can the anganwadi employees and other scheme workers afford such high burden of contribution out of their paltry honorarium ranging from Rs 1000/- to Rs 3000/-, and that also for the “limited” service? The irony is that as of today, in 271 districts in the country, there are no ESI dispensaries/hospitals. This in turn is the plan to take away the money from nearly one crore workers.

This offer, which came just six days ahead of the Strike , even do not worth any mention. Is this the promised “acche din” for the anganwadi workers and helpers who takes the most important services of nutrition health and education to 11 crore children under six and 1.9 crore mothers of the country without whom the rest of the fifty percent of India’s children too would have been malnourished? Do the Modi government and its labour Minister consider since we have been working since last fourty years for such a pittance called ‘honorarium”, we are all fools?

It is most unfortunate that the BMS which was a signatory to the strike notice in 2015 but withdrew from the strike unilaterally at the last moment, in spite of the consecutive budget cuts on ICDS considers this as a “positive move.”

All India Federation of Anganwadi workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) reiterates its resolve to participate in the 2nd September 2016 General Strike. We call upon the 26 lakh anganwadi workers and helpers to give a befitting reply to the arrogance of the Modi government and its Minister for WCD who publicly declared that “there is no question of increasing their wages”, “anganwadi workers and helpers do not work’ and so on.

We call upon the people of India to support our struggle, for our rights as workers and the rights of every child for food, health and education and to Save ICDS.

Issued by

A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary

11 July 2016

Six lakh anganwadi workers and Helpers observe “Black Day” on 11 July 2016
Against Privatisation of ICDS

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 “Black Day” on 11th July 2016.

As per the reports received so far, more than six lakh anganwadi workers from 24 states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telengana, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - observed “black day” on 11 July 2016 at the call of AIFAWH. Hundreds and thousands of anganwadi workers and helpers wearing black dress, holding black banners, flags etc hold demonstrations, dharnas, rallies etc at project, district and state headquarters in different states. 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. Even the pouring rain could not reduce their fighting spirit.

In Chhattisgarh, the anganwadi workers and helpers are sitting in a three days long day and night dharna from 11 to 13 July at the state headquarters. In Madhya Pradesh the anganwadi employees are on two days strike on 11-12 July 2016.

In Delhi the anganwadi workers and helpers assembled in front of the CM’s residence and held a protest march. They were arrested and later released. In Gujarat, the employees held a militant protest rally. Even in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, there were district level protests.

AIFAWH had given a call to observe 11 July 2016, the anganwadi demands day as “black day” against the government’s planned move to dismantle the ICDS through consecutive budget cuts and privatization and handing over the centres to big corporate tax defaulters and corporate NGOs in the name of resource crunch. 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 grand show of strength and protest and calls upon then to campaign against the anti worker policies of the government and join the General Strike called by the Central trade unions on 2nd September 2016. It calls upon the common people to support our fight for the childrens’ right for food, health and education and to Save ICDS.

Issued by
A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary

WCD Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi must apologise for false propaganda
Implement the Recommendations of the 45th ILC

AIFAWH will observe “Black Day” on 11 July 2016
And will join the General Strike on 2nd September 2016


AIFAWH strongly condemns the hoax by the Ministry of WCD and its minister Smt maneka Gandhi on the service conditions of 27 lakh anganwadi workers and helpers in the country. We demand that the Minister apologise to the anganwadi workers and helpers for the continuous misinformation campaign.

The ministry press release on 22nd June 2016 says
“The Ministry of Women and Child Development has provided several facilities and incentives to the Anganwadi Workers to improve their conditions of service. The Anganwadi Workers have been provided an insurance cover under Anganwadi Karyakartri Bima Yojana. The annual premium for this is Rs.280/- out of which Rs.100/- is paid by the Central Government, Rs.100/- is paid by the Ministry of Finance and Rs.80/-, which is supposed to be paid by the Anganwadi Workers, has been waived off. The Anganwadi Worker is also provided 180 days of maternity leave. She is also sanctioned two saris as uniform every year. Scholarship benefit is also provided to the Anganwadi Workers @ Rs. 300/- per quarter for their children studying in classes 9th to 12th. In order to improve their career prospects, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has ordered that 50% of the posts of Supervisors should be reserved for the Anganwadi Workers. Anganwadi Workers with 10 years of experience are eligible for appointment as Supervisor against this 50% quota.”

Many National and vernacular media had given the news very prominently. The reader will think that these are all new initiatives of the NDA government. This is nothing less than a fraud on the poorly paid grass root workers who implement the most crucial scheme ensuring the healthy future of the country.

The Anganwadi Karyakarti Bima Yojana which gives insurance coverage to the anganwadi workers and helpers and a scholarship of Rs.300 a quarter for two children had started in 2004 and the workers’ contribution had been waived off since 2008.The anganwadi workers and helpers are entitled to get two pairs of uniform since 2009. The maternity benefits have been increased from 135 days to 180 days in 2010. Since its inception, there was a provision of 25% reservation to the anganwadi workers to the post of supervisors. In 1995 government made it mandatory. In September 2015 it has been increased to 50%.

As of the claim of the NDA government and Smt Maneka Gandhi, the only thing her ministry had done is increasing the reservations to the post of supervisors from 25% to 50%. But she may not be aware of the fact that in many states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab etc. they are already getting a reservation of 90-100%. And for her kind information, the total number of vacancies to the post of supervisors as on March 2014 is only 14,673.

In spite of the election promise of “Review the working conditions and enhance the remuneration of Anganwadi worker's” in the election Manifesto, the BJP government has done nothing to improve the working conditions of the 27 lakh anganwadi workers. Instead the Modi government had drastically cut down the allocation to this crucial scheme which ensures right to food for 8crore children and 1.8crore lactating mothers and pregnant women. In 2015-16 the budget had been cut from the previous Rs.18,108 crores to Rs.8284crores. This year it had cut down Rs.1500 crores from the last year’s spent amount.Further, in the name of lack of funds the government is privatizing the schemes by bringing in Big MNCs like the Vedanta Company whose tax arrears amounts to thousands of crores. The unanaimous recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour conference to recognise the anganwadi workers and helpers as employees, give them minimum wages and pension and other social security benefits are totally negated.

Furthermore, the media has been reporting since last ten days about the announcement of the WCD Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi that “the NDA government has issued orders recognising anganwadi workers with ten years of experience as government employees.” Major Hindi dailies and some News channels have aired the news last week. The office of the Secretary WCD told us that there is no such proposal from the ministry to the government to make the anganwadi workers government employees.
AIFAWH considers that the continuous misinformation campaign by Smt maneka Gandhi and her ministry is to misguide the anganwadi workers and helpers and their mounting discontent against the Modi government which was seen in the historic mobilisation of anganwadi workers and helpers on 15 February 2016.

We demand that Smt Maneka Gandhi must apologise to the anganwadi workers and helpers for the false propaganda and take initiative to implement the BJP’s election promises and the recommendations of the 45th ILC.

AIFAWH calls upon all its state unions and the 27 lakh anganwadi workers and helpers to protest against government’s attitude and observe “Black Day” on 11 July 2016 by organising district level mobilisations throughout the country. We call upon the anganwadi employees to join enmasse in the General Strike called by the Central Trade Unions on 2nd September 2016.

Issued by

A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary

Samyukta Morcha of Anganwadi Employees’ Federations

Anganwadi Employees Federations Meet Finance Minister
Demand Increased Allocation for ICDS in the Union Budget, Minimum wages and pension

Warn the Government of Protest Week from 1 March 2016

Tens of thousands of Anganwadi workers and helpers from nook and corner of the country poured into Delhi an marched to Parliament demanding with one voice “SAVE ICDS” by making necessary financial provisions in the Budget to strengthen the scheme for the future young India and a fair deal for the Anganwadi workers and helpers.

Twenty seven lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers and about more than ten crore beneficiaries are affected by the drastic cut in the the allocation for ICDS in the Union budget 2016-17 to Rs.8245.77 crores from Rs. 18,108 crores the previous year. This is in spite of several recommendations from the planning commission, various Parliamentary committees, expert groups, organisations etc. The drastic cut in the allocation has already affected the whole functioning of ICDS. The workers and helpers are not getting their honorarium for more than six months in consecution. The quantity and quality of food has come down. The anganwadi workers and helpers are paid a paltry amount of Rs. 3000 and 1500p.m ‘honorarium’ which is not been increased since 2011.

The March to Parliament has been organised by Samyukta Morcha of Anganwadi Employees’ Federations, a joint platform of Anganwadi Federations affiliated to Central Trade Unions: AICCTU, AITUC, AIUTUC, CITU, HMS and INTUC. The women gathered at Jantar Mantar and marched towards Parliament and culminated on Parliament Street in a huge Public Meeting.

Sashi yadav from AICCTU, Dr B V Vijayalakshmi and Amarjeet Kaur from AITUC, Kamalesh Chahal from AIUTUC, A R Sindhu from CITU, Neelam Pandey and M A Patil from HMS and Dharmveer and Lata Yadav from INTUC were the speakers. Usha Saini from AITUC, Usha Rani from CITU, Shalini from HMS were the presidium.

Sri. D. Raja and Sri. Tapan Sen (General Secretary CITU), Members of Parliament addressed the huge gathering extended full support. A delegation of Samyukta Morcha of Anganwadi Employees’ Federations met Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely and submitted a memorandum on their demands.

The delegation led by Shri Tapan Sen and Shri D Raja Members of Parliament consisted of A R Sindhu(CITU), B V Vijayalakshmi(AITUC), Sashi Yadav, Rajeev Dimri(AICCTU), M A Patil (HMS) and Kamalesh Chahal(AIUTUC).

The Finance Minister said that the government want to spend on schemes like ICDS and agreed that the remunerations paid to them is too little. He told the delegation that he will try to increase the allocation and the honorarium in the budget.

Samyukta Morcha had called upon the anganwadi workers and helpers of the country to observe “protest week “ starting on 1 March 2016 by organising rallies dharnas, demonstrations etc in every village and block in the country, in case the budget do not take care of the demands.

The Demands
1. Budget Allocation for ICDS to be increased to minimum of Rs.36,000 crores to ensure proper infrastructure, good quality nutritional food and decent living condition to the employees.
2. No privatisation of ICDS in any form. No handing over ICDS to Corporates like Vedanta and NGOs like ISKCON
3. Anganwadi Workers and Helpers must be regularised as Class III and Class IV government employees respectively. Pending regularisation they should be paid Minimum wages not less than Rs.18,000 per month along with D.A. and a pension of minimum of Rs. 3000/- linked with VDA to the retirees who served their whole life for the noble cause.
4. Immediate implementation of the 45th ILC recommendations for scheme workers

AICCTU   AITUC   AIUTUC   CITU   HMS   INTUC

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 Capitalism veteran leader and president of the Federation Com. Neelima Maitra hoisted the flag of the Union. On this occasion General Secretary CITU Com. Tapan Sen, one of the founder leader Maharani Konar and state CITU secretary also accompanied her.

After hoisting the flag flora tribute was paid to the martyrs and the departed leaders of the union and trade union movement. After he flag hoisting, inauguration session started, which was presided over by Neelima Maitra. Stressing upon the importance of the ICDS programmee, Chairman of Reception committee, Mr. K R Venugopal said “The essence of the ICDS programme thus directly represents all vital constituents of the Right to Life as guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution of India and as expanded by the Supreme Court of India in many of its path-breaking judgments such as those relating to the right to food, work, health, education, shelter and information. These are the rights of children and women as recognised in certain other articles in the Constitution of India and also various International Human Rights Instruments to which India is signatory. So, when the implementation of the ICDS programme fails, human and social development rights of the women and children are violated in the most crucial areas of their lives and given their numbers taken together the human rights of almost all the people of India are violated.”

While inaugurating the conference Com. Tapan Sen called the union members to strengthen struggles not only for their rights and to save ICDS but also against the neo-liberal policies of the NDA government. He said that the task before us is to raise the consciousness of the union members, as well as to mobilize workers, helpers, beneficiaries, other scheme workers and build strong interlinkages with all sections of society.

After the inauguration, organization session started with the presidential address by Neelima Maitra. Exposing the pernicious effects of imperialist design to end welfare schemes in many countries in the world. Stressing the need of ICDS, she continued, there can not be a human society without women and children. If the scheme is privatized, lives of crores of mothers and children will disrupt. 11 member Presidium was elected, Neelima maitra, president of Federation and other members were Baby Rani( Andhra Pradesh),Maharani Konar ( West Bengal),PP Kallyani(Kerala), Shravani Chakrborty (Tripura) Subhash Rani(Punjab), Niroda Kakoti (Assam),Jayalakshmi (Telangana),Urmila (Haryana), Sunita (HP), Shanta Ghante (Karnataka). Credential sub- committee members were Shubha Shamim (Convener), Krishna, Shanta, Sushila N, Vidya Khangar, Zainab JAhan, S.Leelawati, Monisha Chakraborty and Indira Newar. Minutes sub-committee members were Anju Maini ( Convener) Mahavir Dahiya, Indrani Mukharjee, Jaya Barman, Resolution sub-committee member Veena Gupta (Convener) Ratna Dutta, TV Vidya laxmi, Thilagam, Yamuna, Jaya Barman and Veeralakshmi.
Report was presented by AR Sindu,General Secretary of AIFAWH. After placing the report, delegate went for group discussion on the report.  

Second day of the conference with the revolutionary songs sung by delegates from Telangana. Delegate session started with the delegates speaking from different states. Representative from Fraternal organization, AIDWA Ms. Kiran Moghe, who witnessed the first conference of the AIFAWH in Udaipur highlighted the positive transformation in the oraganisation as well as in the workers and helpers. She stressed that we should work together to resist the criminality of the state. 

Com Hannan Mollah, General Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha greeted the delegates and called for militant joint struggle not only to save ICD but to save crores of children of mother India from hunger and malnutrition.

Greeting the conference, Aboni Mukherjee DYFI General Secretary assured of full support to the struggle of AIFAWH. Three resolutions were presented, one was on Save ICDS moved by Sreelaxmi and it was supported by Molina Ghosh. Resolution demanded the government to allocate adequate funds for ensuring universalisation and institutionalisation of ICDS. We also demand to stop privatization and NGOisation of ICDS immediately.

Second resolution on organizing scheme workers was moved by Jaya Barman and supported by Usha Rani. This 8th conference calls upon the anganwadi workers and helpers to Consolidate our task to expand and strengthen the unions of ASHA and MDM workers and to help other scheme workers to be mobilised on their respective demands and to help them in organising themselves

Third resolution was to pass the women reservation bill. It was moved by Veeralaxmi and supported by Indira Newar. All the resolutions were passed unanimously with the clapping and slogans.

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 union(CITU) for their victory. The union which has a support of 99.1% of the total employees has been continuously on campaign and struggles for improving their working condition.

According to the cabinet decision, Anganwadi workers and helpers with 10 years of service will get Rs.500 and Rs.350 respectively as pension after their retirement at the age of 60 years. They can opt for pension or for Rs.50000 and Rs.30000 respectively as lump some payment. In case of death of those employees who have completed 5 years of service, the legal heirs of the diseased workers and helpers will get Rs.50000 and Rs.30000 respectively.
Tripura government has also decided to extend pension to domestic workers, transgenders and leprosy and AIDS patients

This decision of the Left Front government in Tripura is all the more important considering the critical financial situation of the state and the drastic cut in the central budget allocation to the ICDS.

Many states like Bihar had stopped the supplementary nutrition in anganwadi centres. Many other states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, etc, had not been paying the remuneration of the employees for months. Tripura government has once again proved their pro worker attitude.

Tripura is one among the first states to introduce the state's contribution in the remuneration of the anganwadi workers and helpers. The government had increased the remuneration of the workers and helpers in July 2015 to make it Rs.6511 and Rs.3815 respectively.

A R Sindhu
General Secretary
AIFAWH

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Meet with Union minister for W...

9th November 2009 Press Note A delegation of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (...

30
Oct2014

Anganwadi Worker Murdered in S...

A delegation of the AIFAWH West Bengal unit went to the village where Dipali Giri, an anganwadi wor...

05
Nov2014

Anganwadi workers, ayahs deman...

Demanding that the government pay them a monthly salary of Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively, Ang...

06
Nov2014

To Stop Privatisation and Save...

• To Stop Privatisation and Save ICDS • For Minimum Wages and Pension for the Employees Anganwadi Em...