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Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi Workers in Karnataka

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AIFAWH Demands Day 2015

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Lakhs of anganwadi workers and Helpers Protest all over the country at District headquarters

In spite of heavy rains in many parts of the country, lakhs of anganwadi workers and helpers demonstrated in front of central government offices and district headquarters to observe All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) All India Demands Day, today, 10 July 2019. AIFAWH congratulates anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for the massive protest observed this year with the slogan “No more Muzaffarpur, For Malnutrition Free India, strengthen ICDS, Fulfil the promise of freedom” in the background of the deaths of more than 150 children in Muzaffarpur.

Lakhs of anganwadi workers from 22 states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Pondicherry, Rajasthan, Telengana, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal observed “All India Demands’ Day” at the call of AIFAWH. Being the first national level protest action after the new Government came to power, that too in the background of such a tragedy and also in a situation where the supplementary nutrition and salaries were not paid for months together in many states including Bihar, the response to the call was very encouraging.

In spite of heavy rains in many parts of the country, anganwadi workers and helpers gathered in large numbers. They are also agitated because the BJP and RSS during the election and after the government was formed has been continuously campaigning that the wages of anganwadi workers and helpers are increased to Rs.18000 per month by the Modi government. Such messages are sent to the workers using social media in a large way. But the budget placed with much fanfare by the woman finance minister of the Modi-2 ministry even in the aftermath of Muzaffarpur did not increase a single rupee for allocation of ICDS. In addition, various states are yet to pay the increase in wages announced in September 2018 to the workers. Many state governments are opening pre-schools in schools, thus taking away children from anganwadis. Direct Benefit Transfer and centralized kitchens are also being attempted in some states.

Throughout the country, the workers paid homage to the children who lost their lives in Muzaffarpur before the public meeting. In Muzaffarpur, a meeting was held in which hundreds of anganwadi workers and helpers participated. In the recently held conference of Bihar State Anganwadi Sevika Sahayika Sangh it is decided to organise a yearlong campaign and action in Muzaffarpur against malnutrition and to strengthen ICDS titled “Freedom from malnutrition and ill health, no more deaths of children” from 14 August 2019.

The Demands of 10 July

  • Make ICDS permanent; Increase the budgetary allocation for ICDS
  • Pay minimum wages and social security and pension to the anganwadi workers and helpers as recommended by 45thILC.
  • NO privatization of ICDS in any form; No involvement of corporate companies or NGOs in ICDS
  • Strengthen ICDS; convert anganwadis into anganwadi-cum-crèches; increase allocation for nutrition; strengthen and retain the pre -school education in ICDS.

AIFAWH working committee will meet on 25-26 July 2019 at Delhi to plan future activities to strengthen ICDS and to achieve demands of regularization, minimum wages and pension.

Issued by
(A R Sindhu)
General Secretary 

आइफा, देश के आधे से अधिक कुपोषित बच्चों के विकास के प्रति मोदी -2 सरकार के निर्दयी रवैये पर रोष और निराशा व्यक्त करता है। 
आईसीडीएस के लिए बजट में कोई वृद्धि नहीं की गई है, कोर आईसीडीएस सेवाओं के लिए 9834.27 करोड़ रूपए और अम्ब्रैला आईसीडीएस के लिए 27584.37 करोड़ रूपए आवंटित किए गए है। जैसा कि हमने पहले ही बताया है, बजट में आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकर्ताओं और सहायिकाओं के बढ़े हुए पारिश्रमिक को लागू करने के लिए आवश्यक आवंटन भी नहीं किया गया है। इस वजह से अधिकांश राज्यों में बढ़ा हुआ पारिश्रमिक अभी तक लागू नहीं किया गया है।

कुपोषण के कारण बिहार के मुजफ्फरपुर में बच्चों की दुखद मौत के मद्देनजर और आंगनवाड़ियों के खराब बुनियादी ढांचे को देखते हुए, आईसीडीएस को मजबूत बनाया जाना चाहिए ताकि बजट में वृद्धि के साथ पूर्णकालिक आंगनवाड़ी सह क्रेच की स्थायी व्यवस्था की जा सके। लेकिन सरकार हमारे बच्चों के विकास के हितों की उपेक्षा कर रही है।

मोदी 2 सरकार की अमीर परस्त नीति जिसके तहत राष्ट्रीय संपत्ति के निजीकरण जैसे सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र और प्राकृतिक संसाधनों का निजीकरण, श्रम कानूनों में बदलाव आदि, इस बजट में भी परिलक्षित होती है।
पिछले कुछ हफ्तों में भाजपा समर्थक मीडिया और सोशल मीडिया द्वारा भ्रम फैलाने के लिए प्रचार किया गया था कि सरकार आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकर्ताओं और सहायिकाओं का वेतन 18000 रू प्रति माह तक बढ़ा रही है, जिसका अब पर्दाफाश हो गया है। 

आइफा ने देश के आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकर्ताओं और सहायिकाओं से आह्वान किया कि वे आइफा मांग दिवस - 10 जुलाई 2019 को बड़ी संख्या में सड़कों पर आएं और आईसीडीएस को मजबूत बनाने की आवश्यकता पर ज़ोर दे और गरीब महिलाओं व बच्चों के प्रति मोदी सरकार के नकारात्मक रवैये के खिलाफ विरोध दर्ज करें। 
जारीकर्ता

ए आर सिंधु
महासचिव
AIFAWH

 
 

AIFAWH expresses anger and disappointment over the callous attitude of the Modi -2 government towards the development of its children of whom half are malnourished. 

There is no increase in the budget for ICDS which remains the same Rs.19834.27 crore for Core ICDS Services and Rs.27584.37 crore for Umbrella ICDS. As we have already pointed out, the budget even do not take into account the necessary allocation to implement the increased remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers. The increased remuneration is yet to be implemented in most of the states due to this.

In view of the tragic death of children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar due to malnutrition and given the poor infrastructure of anganwadis, ICDS should be strengthened to make it a permanent system of full time anganwadi cum creche with increased budget allocation. But the government continues to neglect the interest of the development of our children.

The entire pro rich policy direction of the Modi 2 government of privatization of national assets including public sector and natural resources, change in labour laws etc is reflected in this budget as well. 

In the last few weeks there was propaganda by the pro BJP media and social media that the government is increasing the remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers to Rs.18000 per month which created some illusion among the workers also got exposed now.

AIFAWH call upon the anganwadi workers and helpers of the country to come out in large numbers on the AIFAWH Demands’ Day 10 July 2019focusing the need to strengthen ICDS and register protest against the Modi 2 government's attitude towards poor women and children.

Issued by
A R Sindhu
General Secretary
AIFAWH

Just one month before the notification for the next Lok Sabha elections, the Modi Government announced a Pension Scheme for the unorganized sector workers, who earn less than Rs.15,000 a month, ‘Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana’ in the interim budget and notified it via Ministry of labour and Employment Gazatte Notification dated 7th February 2019. The scheme, as per the Finance Minister “..will provide assured monthly pension of Rs 3,000, with a contribution of 100 rupees per month, for workers in unorganised sector after 60 years of age", on closer examination turns out to be a total fraud and a deceit of the workers.

The finance minister claimed that the government will also provide a matching contribution of Rs 100 for every unorganised worker covered under the scheme and "The scheme will benefit 10 crore workers, may become the world's biggest pension scheme for the unorganised sector in five years". Later the Prime Minister announced that they are going to cover all the 42 core unorganised sector workers. But the government which allocated Rs.750 crores for cow protection in the budget had made an allocation of only Rs.500 crores to cover the 42 crore unorganized sector workers who according to the minister “produce half of the country’s GDP”!

Announcement in five years: The BJP, which had promised to “strengthen the Pension and Health Insurance safety nets for all kinds of labourers” in its election manifesto in 2014, had announced this scheme just one month before the next Lok Sabha Election. The scheme is notified under the ‘Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Act 2008.’ In its five years of rule the central trade unions organized three General Strikes in which one of the major demands was for social security and pension of Rs.6000 per month for all workers. The BJP did not remember the unorganized sector workers till the elections are going to be declared. This is one of the biggest election stunts chunavi joomlas the NDA Ministry has made in the last 5 years.

Non viable for the workers: A primary examination itself reveals that the scheme has not taken care of the ground reality of the unorganised sector workers in our country. The scheme demands that a worker pay the premium of Rs.55 to Rs.200 per month regularly for a minimum of 20 years to get the pension. The 42 crore unorgansed sector workers include the agricultural workers, who get less than a hundred days of work a year. A good number of unorganized sector workers are migrant labourers who change the place of the work as well. It will not be possible for the workers to pay the premium uninterruptedly and this will end up with their money being taken over by the fund.

Exclusion of the most needy: The scheme which claims to be covering ‘all’ unorganized sector workers’ excludes nearly twenty percent of the workers who are above forty years of age! It means that the workforce above 40 years, which is the most needy section, will not be included in the scheme.

No one is going to be benefitted for the next 20 years: The exclusion of the workers above the age of 40 yrs means that no worker is going to get any benefit for the next 20 years! A worker of the age 18 years will keep paying the government for the next 42 years.

10 crore workers will pay Rs.12,000 crore annually as premium for the next 20 years; i.e, the poor rickshaw pullers, rehri patri workers (street vendors), mid day meal workers, construction workers, anganwadi workers and helpers, MNREG workers, ASHA workers will all pay the government Rs. 2,40,000 crore, in 20 years without getting a single penny back! This is nothing but making the unorganized sector workers, who even do not have any permanent income, pay the government such a huge amount which the government can utilize for financing the corporates.

If we assume even one tenth of the claim of the government is achieved, i.e., one crore workers are enrolled, they will pay Rs.1200 crores to the government in a year and Rs.24,000 crores in 20 years. The allocation for the so called matching grant by the Modi government is Rs.500 crores.

Only spouse can be the nominee: In this strange scheme designed to loot the workers, only the spouse (husband/wife) of the worker can be the nominee. It means that the workers who are single, widow or widower and if he/she dies before 60 years, the entire amount will be taken over by fund and her/his kin will not get any money. Only the spouse will either get the accumulated money or he/she can continue in the scheme.

Many women working in the unorganised sector are widows. Even if the children of the worker who dies (even in an accident) are minors, they will not get a single paisa.
In case of accident and permanent disability of a worker, either his/her spouse can continue or he/she can get back whatever amount paid by him/her only. There is no provision for any other benefit. In many schemes of the LIC, there are much better provisions.

Assured pension, Rs.3000 per month: The government declared that the workers will get a monthly pension of Rs.3000 per month. But even for the organized sector workers in EPF, the guaranteed pension is only Rs.1000 pm (That too very recently). Given the track record of the government of India, one cannot believe that this promise can be fulfilled. Even if this promise is fulfilled, the value of Rs. 3000 after 20 years, if we consider inflation, will be less than Rs.1000 whereas the demand of the trade union movement is monthly pension of minimum Rs.6000 for all workers at the present price level. The much touted pension scheme does not consciously have any provision for indexation of the pension amount.

Workers at loss as per interest calculation: There are some startling statistics about the loot of the workers through this scheme. According to National Herald daily, the calculation goes like this: A person at the age of 18 joining the scheme will pay Rs.55 per month, with the government’s contribution, it will be Rs.110 per month. He/she has to pay the amount for 42 years (till the age of 60 years). If this is remitted to a recurring deposit, the return after 42 years will be Rs.5,76,315! If we put this amount in fixed deposit the monthly interest will be Rs.5042! It means the worker will lose Rs.2042 per month as well as the principal amount of Rs.5,76,315.

If we go by the rates in any commercial bank in India, in 42 years, the accumulated amount through this recurring deposit scheme will be Rs.4,48,922 and its monthly interest will be Rs.3367! So, the monthly loss will be Rs.337 and in addition one will lose the accumulated Rs.4,48,922!

Scheme Workers: The government is frantically pushing for enrolment of the anganwadi workers, helpers, ASHA workers and even MNREGA workers (who get jobs for less than 100 days a year in a family) etc. Although neither in the budget speech nor in the notification were these sections included and neither have the Central Ministries issued letters to the states in this regard.

The Government claims in that in ten days more than 14 lakh workers are enrolled. The scheme necessitates linking of your bank account. The anganwadi workers, helpers, ASHA workers, Mid Day Meal workers all have bank accounts and the money can be deducted from their account. So the government is pushing to include them so that there will be regular payment.

In Pondicherry, where the anganwadi workers and helpers get a salary more than Rs.15,000 per month, but have no pension, cannot join this scheme. In states like Kerala, Haryana, Telangana, AP etc anganwadi workers are getting around Rs.12,000 a month, and have promises of increase, will be excluded from the scheme once they get Rs.15000 per month.

No need to pay back much: The life expectancy of Indian population is around 68 years. It will definitely be much less for the unorganized sector workers and may be 65 years or less. Experience shows that the malnourished, hungry worker will not even live up to 60 years. The workers who do not have a regular income will find it difficult to pay the premium. So all those money will go to the Fund.

EPF, ESI or Comprehensive social security scheme
If the intention of the government is good, why can’t it include the unorganized sector workers in the EPF and ESI Schemes or introduce such schemes, which had benefitted crores of workers and earned wide acceptability and credibility.

The EPF is having provisions of loan and pension, partial withdrawal and the accumulated amount belongs to the worker and his/her nominee. This government which declared the pension scheme for unorganized sector workers just one month before elections is not concerned that even the social security schemes like EPF and ESI cover even less than 50% of the workers who are legally entitled and has no programme for the enrolment. The government instead is now paying the share of the employers but not that of the employees in the EPF in the name of new employment under the Prime Minister Rozgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY)! While the allocation for this scheme is a mere Rs.500 crore, the government had already paid more than Rs.3648 crores for the employers’ contribution to EPFO.

Moreover, there are reports that a considerable amount of the workers in the EPFO which was invested in the share market in tradable bonds in IL&FS Investor Company, in spite of the opposition of the workers’ representatives in the board, is totally lost with the company going bankrupt. The government is not coming out with any clarification. The fund accumulating in the PMSYM scheme also is at the same risk.

The need of the hour is a fully government funded comprehensive social security scheme ensuring health care including maternity, accident protection, superannuation for pension, children’s education etc for all other sections of working people including agricultural workers and peasants, with a token contribution just to facilitate enrolment.

A R Sindhu

Fourty lakh signatures submitted to the Ministry of WCD

Hundreds of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers from all over the country under the leadership of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) marched to Parliament today, on 25 February 2019. The March, organized in protest against the anti workers attitude of the BJP government, started at 12 noon from Mandi House. The March was led by Tapan Sen, General Secretary, K Hemalata, President, CITU, A R Sindhu General Secretary, Usharani President, AIFAWH and various state leaders.

A delegation met the Secretary, WCD and submitted nearly 40 lakh signatures collected on the demands of strengthening the ICDS and improving the working conditions of anganwadi workers and Helpers to the ministry.

Along with the long pending basic demands of regularization, minimum wages Rs.18000 per month and pension Rs.6000 per month, the immediate issues of introduction of Direct Cash transfer in ICDS, non implementation of the existing benefits for both workers and beneficiaries etc were raised.

The announcement of increase in remuneration with much fanfare by the Prime Minister is yet to be implemented in most parts of the country. Moreover, the amount allocated to ICDS in the interim budget is not adequate to cover the cost of additional remuneration.

The March declared that it will take the issues of institutionalization of ICDS with full facilities as the right of the children for food, health and education and the rights of the workers for minimum wages and pension to the people and will work for a change in the anti people policies. AIFAWH will ensure the defeat of the communal anti ICDS, anti labour BJP government in the coming Parliament elections.

Issued by
A R Sindhu

संसद मार्च फिर से क्यों?
अखिल भारतीय आंगनवाड़ी सेविका एवं सहायिका फैडरेशन ( आइफा ) ने 25 फरवरी 2019 को संसद मार्च करने का फैसला लिया है। 
 
दो महीने के भीतर ही संसदीय चुनाव होने वाले हैं। भाजपा के नेतृत्व में वर्तमान एनडीए सरकार ने अपना आखिरी बजट भी पेश कर दिया जोकि पारित भी हो चुका है। अब इस सरकार के सत्ता में रहते हुए कोई भी संसद सत्र नहीं होगा। देश चुनावी माहौल में होगा। तो फिर संसद मार्च की ज़रूरत ही क्या है?
 
यह संसद मार्च आइफा द्वारा पिछले पांच सालों में भाजपा सरकार की उन नीतियों व कदमों के खिलाफ जारी संघर्षों का समापन है जिन्होंने न केवल हमारी जायज़ मांगों को नज़रअंदाज़ किया है बल्कि स्वयं आईसीडीएस योजना को ही समाप्त करने के कदम उठाए हैं। मजदूर का दर्जा पाने और बच्चों के पोषण, स्वास्थ्य और शिक्षा के अधिकार के लिए हमारा संघर्ष पिछले 28 सालों से जारी है और आगे भी जारी रहेगा। हम दिल्ली आ रहे हैं ताकि भाजपा सरकार को उसके कामों की चार्जशीट दे सके कि वे सत्ता में आंगनवाड़ी सेविकाओं और सहायिकाओं का वेतन बढ़ाने और आईसीडीएस को मजबूत करने का वादा करके आए थे लेकिन इस सरकार ने हमारे साथ धोखा किया। 
 
लोग पूछते हैं कि कहीं ये राजनीति से प्रभावित संघर्ष तो नहीं? क्या मोदी जी ने सितम्बर 2018 में आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स का वेतन नहीं बढ़ाया? क्या यह सच नहीं है कि इस बजट में वित मंत्री ने आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स के वेतन में और भी 50 प्रतिशत की बढ़ोतरी की घोषणा नहीं की है?
 
सबसे पहली बात तो यह है कि अंतरिम वित्त मंत्री पियूष गोयल ने 1 फरवरी 2019 को अंतरिम बजट में आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स के लिए और अधिक वेतन बढ़ोतरी नहीं की है। उन्होंने उस घोषणा के बारे में बताया है जो प्रधानमंत्री ने सीटू, अखिल भारतीय किसान सभा और अखिल भारतीय खेत मजदूर यूनियन के नेतृत्व में मजदूर किसान संघर्ष रैली के दबाव में आकर 11 सितम्बर 2018 को की थी कि आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का वेतन 1500रू, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स का वेतन 1250रू और हैल्पर्स का वेतन 750 रू बढ़ाया गया है। 
 
लेकिन मोदी सरकार ने फिर से आंगनवाउ़ी वर्कर्स और हैल्पर्स को धोखा दिया। सरकार की सितम्बर में जारी हुई प्रैस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार इस अतिरिक्त बढ़ोतरी के लिए 4259 करोड़ रू प्रति वर्ष के आवंटन की ज़रूरत थी। लेकिन बजट 2019 - 20 में ‘आंगनवाड़ी सेवाओं’ के लिए केवल 1944.18 करोड़ रू ही आवंटित किए गए हैं ( इस साल 19834.37 करोड़ रू आवंटित किए गए हैं, पिछले साल 17,870.19 करोड़ रू आवंटित किए गए थे ) प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा घोषित की गई वेतन वृद्धि को लागू करने के लिए जितनी राशि की ज़रूरत है यह राशि उसके आधे हिस्से से भी कम है। 
 
यही कारण है कि देश के अधिकतर राज्यों में बढ़ा हुआ वेतन अभी तक नहीं मिला है जबकि प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा था कि बढ़ा हुआ वेतन दिवाली के तोहफे के रूप में मिलेगा। बहुत से राज्यों में अक्टूबर 2018 से वेतन ही नहीं मिला है। 
सरकार ने  न केवल आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स के साथ धोखा किया है बल्कि लाभार्थियों के साथ भी धोखा किया है। भारत सरकार ने सितम्बर 2017 में घोषणा की थी कि यह पूरक पोषाहार के आवंटन में बढ़ोतरी करने वाली है और तीन सालों तक अतिरिक्त 12000 करोड़ रू इस पर व्यय करेगी इसका अर्थ हुआ कि पोषाहार के लिए प्रति वर्ष 4000 करोड़ रू। लेकिन यह आवंटन न तो पिछले साल के बजट में और न ही इस साल के बजट में किया गया। अधिकतर राज्यों में कई महीनों से पोषाहार की आपूर्ति भी नहीं की जा रही है। 
 
तो फिर वित्त मंत्री ने बजट भाषण में आईसीडीएस के लिए जो 27,584.37 करोड़ रू आवंटित किए गए हैं वो क्या है?
यह आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के साथ जनता को भी गुमराह करने का एक और प्रयास है। 2016 - 17 में भारत सरकार ने बहुत सी योजनाओं जैसे किशोरी शक्ति योजना, बाल सुरक्षा योजना, राष्ट्रीय क्रैच योजना, मातृत्व लाभ योजना और पोषण अभियान ( बाद में ) को एकसाथ ‘‘अम्ब्रैला आईसीडीएस’’ में डाल दिया और ‘‘आईसीडीएस’’ का नाम बदलकर ‘‘आंगनवाड़ी  सेवाएं’’ रख दिया। 27,584.37 करोड़ रू का आवंटन इन्हीं छः योजनाओं के लिए किया गया है। ‘‘आंगनवाड़ी  सेवाओं’’ के लिए केवल 19,834.37 करोड़ रू आवंटित किए गए हैं। 
 
‘‘पोषण मिशन’’ के बारे में क्या? क्या कुपोषण कम करने के लिए यह लाभदायक नहीं?
पोषण मिशन में, 3400 करोड़ रू का वार्षिक बजट केवल माॅनिटरिंग व कन्वर्जैंस  के प्रशासनिक खर्चों के लिए ही है। इसमें से एक पैसा भी लाभार्थियों के लिए नहीं है। इसके अलावा प्रधानमंत्री मातृ वंदना योजना का बजट आवंटन जो पिछले साल 2400 करोड़ रू था, अब घटाकर 1200 करोड़ रू कर दिया गया है। 
 
केवल मोदी और भाजपा को ही लक्ष्य क्यों बना रहे हैं?
मोदी सरकार पहली सरकार है जिसने अपने पहले ही बजट में आईसीडीएस के लिए किए जाने वाले आवंटन में भारी कटौती कर बजट को आधे से भी कम कर दिया था। इसने योजना आयोग को समाप्त कर दिया और केंद्रीय योजनाओं को समाप्त करने का प्रस्ताव भी रखा। अब योजना के खर्चे का केवल 60 प्रतिशत हिस्सा केंद्र सरकार उठा रही है बाकी खर्चा राज्य सरकारें उठा रही हैं- उदाहरणतः केंद्र सरकार एक आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर के वेतन (4500रू) का 60 प्रतिशत हिस्सा यानि केवल 2700 रू भुगतान करती है। यह आईसीडीएस का निजीकरण करने के प्रयास कर रही है। इसने कोरपोरेट वेदांत के साथ समझौता किया है कि आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों का आधा समय क्षेत्र की महिलाओं के कौशल विकास के लिए इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा। 
अब मंत्रालय ने नीति आयोग के निर्देशानुसार, लाभार्थियों को पोषाहार के बदले पैसा (डीबीटी) दे रहा है। शुरूआती तौर पर इसे उत्तर प्रदेश और राजस्थान से शुरू करने का प्रस्ताव है। यदि यह लागू हो गया तो आईसीडीएस समाप्त हो जाएगा। 
 
बहुत से राज्यों ने आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों का वेतन बढ़ाया है, कई राज्यों में वर्कर्स को 10000रू प्रतिमाह से अधिक वेतन मिलता है। फिर, राष्ट्रीय स्तर के संघर्ष की क्या ज़रूरत ? 
कई राज्यों में मिली यह वेतन वृद्धि और अन्य लाभ आइफा और सीटू की यूनियनों द्वारा चलाए गए निरंतर संघर्षों से ही प्राप्त हुए है। लेकिन सरकार को मूल सवाल पर सिद्धांत लेना है कि आंनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स को सरकारी कर्मचारी का दर्जा मिले। हमारे लिए पंेशन व ग्रेच्युटी का कोई प्रावधान नहीं है। सरकार को 45वें तथा 46वें भारतीय श्रम सम्मेलन की योजना श्रमिकों से संबंधित सिफारिशें - श्रमिक की मान्यता, न्यूनतम वेतन व पेंशन देने पर सिद्धांत लेना है। देशभर में आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों की सेवा शर्तों में समानता नहीं है। 
 
नियमितीकरण, न्यूनतम वेतन व पेंशन जैसी बहुत सी अन्य मांगें अब तक लंबित है - जैसे गैर आईसीडीएस अतिरिक्त काम पर रोक लगाई जाए, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों को पूर्ण केंद्रों में बदलकर मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स को पूरा वेतन दिया जाए, पदोन्नति में उमर की सीमा हटाई जाए, आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों को मर्ज कर बैंड करने पर रोक लगाई जाए, शिक्षा का अधिकार कानून के तहत प्री स्कूल शिक्षा को लाकर आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों को इसकी नोडल एजेंसी बनाया जाए, आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों को पूर्ण कालिक आंगनवाड़ी सह क्रेच केंद्रों में बदल जाये आदि। 
 
हम जानते ही है कि आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के पिछले संघर्षों ने सभी राजनैतिक पार्टियों पर दबाव बनाया कि वे आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के वेतन में बढ़ोतरी का वादा करें। इस बार हमें सभी राजनैतिक दलों पर दबाव बनाना है कि वे 45वें श्रम सम्मेलन की सिफारिशों को लागू करने पर सिद्धांत लें। हमें आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स के अधिकारों, देश के बच्चों के पोषण, स्वास्थ्य व शिक्षा के अधिकारों को मुद्दा बनाकर देश के राष्ट्रीय ऐजेंडे पर लाना है। 
 
इसलिए हम आंगनवाड़ियों के बेहतर ढांचे और सेवाओं की मांग के साथ - साथ 45वें श्रम सम्मेलन की सिफारिशों को लागू करने की मांग तथा पोषाहार के बदले पैसा देने ( डीबीटी ) का विरोध करते हुए देशभर से एक करोड़ हस्ताक्षर एकत्रित करके दिल्ली ला रहे हैं। हम ये हस्ताक्षर मंत्रालय को सौपेंगे। 
 
इसलिए बहनों,
25 फरवरी 2019 को बड़ी से बड़ी संख्या में दिल्ली पहंुचे!
फैडरेशन की लाल वर्दी में आएं!
आओ हम दिल्ली को लाल कर दें और सत्ता वर्ग को अपनी मांगें सुनने के लिए मजबूर कर दें!
आओ 2019 के चुनावी ऐजेंडे में मजदूर वर्ग के मुद्दों को लाएं!
चलो केवल सरकार को ही नहीं बल्कि सरकार की कोरपोरेटों को लाभ पहंुचाने वाली नीतियों को भी बदलें!
 
आईसीडीएस में पोषाहार के बदले पैसा देने पर रोक लगाई जाए, आईसीडीएस का निजीकरण न किया जाए। 
आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स को प्रतिमाह न्यूनतम वेतन 18000 रुपये तथा पेंशन 6000 रु दिया जाए। इन्हें नियमित कर सरकारी कर्मचारी बनाया जाए। 
आंगनवाड़ियों को पूर्ण समय आंगनवाड़ी सह क्रेच में बदल जाये। 

Why we March to Parliament again?
 
All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) has decided to March to parliament on 25 February 2019. 
Within two months there will be Parliament elections. Even the last budget of the present BJP led NDA government is placed will be passed. There will not be any more Parliament sessions while this government is in power. The country will be in the election mode. Then why there is yet another march to Parliament now?
 
This is the culmination of the consistent struggles by AIFAWH in the last five years against the BJP government’s policies and measurers which not only neglected our just demands but also was dismantling the ICDS Scheme itself. It is the continuation of our struggles during the last 28 years for the right of the workers and the rights of the children for nutrition, health and education. We are coming to Delhi to submit the charge sheet against the BJP government which came to power promising the increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers and strengthen ICDS but cheated us.
People even ask Is it not a politically motive struggle? Hasn’t Modiji increased the remuneration of workers, mini workers and helpers in September 2018 and is it not a fact that again in this budget the Finance minister has announced further 50% increase?
 
First of all, there is no further increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers in the interim budget placed by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal on 1 February 2019. What he mentioned was the announcement for increase of Rs.1500 for workers, 1250 for mini workers and Rs.750 for helpers, made by the Prime Minister on 11 September 2018, under the pressure of the Mazdoor Kisan Rally by CITU, AIKS and AIAWU.
 
But, here also the Modi government had cheated the anganwadi workers and helpers. The additional budgetary allocation necessary for the increase is Rs.4259 crores per year, as per government press release in September. But the additional budget allocation for ‘Anganwadi Services’ in the budget 2019-20 is only Rs.1944.18crores (Rs.19,834.37 cr this year and Rs.17,870.19cr last year). This is not even half of what is required to implement the increase.
 
This is the reason why in most states in the country, the increased remuneration which the Prime Minister promised as ‘diwali gift’ has not yet being paid. In many states, the remuneration is not at all being paid since October 2018. 
 
The government has not only cheated the workers and helpers but also the beneficiaries. The Government of India declared in September 2017 that it is going to increase the allocation for supplementary nutrition and is going to spent additional Rs.12,000cr for three years, i.e., additional Rs.4000cr per year for nutrition. But neither the budget last year nor this year includes this allocation. In many states the nutrition is not being supplied since many months.  
 
But then what is the figure Rs.27,584.37cr for ICDS which the Finance Minister mentioned in the budget speech? 
It is yet another effort to misguide the employees as well as the public. In 2016-17, the government of India had put various schemes – Scheme for adolescent girls, Child protection scheme, national crèche scheme, Maternity benefit scheme and Poshan Abhiyan(later) under “Umbrella ICDS” and changed the name of the then ICDS to ‘Anganwadi Services’. This Rs.27,584.37cr is the allocation for all six schemes. The allocation for anganwadi Services is only Rs. 19,834.37cr.
 
What about the “Poshan Mission”? Isn’t it useful for reducing malnutrition?  
In the Poshan Mission, the annual budget of Rs.3400cr is totally for the administrative expenses for monitoring and convergence. Not a single paisa for the beneficiaries. At the same time, for the Prime Minsiter Matru Vandana Yojana, the budget allocation of Rs.2400 cr last year has been cut down to Rs.1200cr.
 
Why targeting only Modi and BJP? 
Modi Government is the first government which had drastically cut down the allocation for ICDS to less than half in its first budget. It had closed down the Planning commission and proposed to close down the centrally sponsored schemes. It is now spending only 60% of the expenses of the scheme the rest is spent by the states. i.e, Of the Rs.4500 remuneration, Central government is paying only Rs.2700. It has been trying to privatise the ICDS. It has made an agreement with corporate Vedanta where half of the time in anganwadis will be spent on skill development of women in the area. 
 
Now, the ministry is going ahead with the Direct Cash transfer in place of nutrition for the beneficiaries as per the direction of NITI Ayog. Pilot project has been proposed in UP and Rajasthan. This if implemented will dismantle the ICDS. 
 
Many state governments have increased the remuneration and in many states anganwadi workers are getting more than Rs,10000 a month. Then, why is this struggle at national level? 
It is because of the militant and consistent struggles of our anganwadi unions led by AIFAWH and CITU, we could get increase in remuneration and some other benefits in many states. But the government has to take a stand on the basic question of the recognition of anganwadi workers and helpers as government employees. There is no provision for pension or gratuity for us. The governments have to accept the recommendations of the 45th and 46th Indian Labour Conference on recognition, minimum wages and pension for scheme workers. There is no uniformity on the service conditions of the anganwadi employees throughout the country. 
 
Apart from the demands of regularization, minimum wages and pension, so many other demands regarding ban on non ICDS extra work, full payment of mini workers and upgrading the mini centres to full centres, removal of age bar in promotion, issues of closure and merger of centres, including pre school education in right to education and making anganwadis as nodal agencies, making anganwadis full time anganwadi- cum crèches etc are pending since long.  
 
As we know, the struggles of anganwadi workers and helpers in the past had pressurized all political parties to promise an increase in remuneration to anganwadi workers. We have to build the pressure this time to force all the political parties to take a stand on the recommendations of 45th ILC. We have to put the issue of the rights of the anganwadi workers and helpers and the rights of the children of our country for nutrition, health and education in the national agenda of our country. 
 
We are bringing to Delhi nearly one crore signatures from all over the country demanding better infrastructure and services in anganwadis and implementation of 45th ILC recommendations and to stop the move for direct cash transfer in ICDS. We will submit it to the ministry.
 
So, sisters,
Come in large numbers to Delhi on 25th February 2019!
Come in red uniform of our Federation!
Let us storm Delhi and make the ruling class hear our voice!
Let us put the issues of the toiling people in the election agenda in 2019
Let us work for not only the change of the government but the change in pro corporate policies!
 
NO TO DIRECT CASH TRANSFER AND NO PRIVATISATION IN ICDS!
IMPLEMENT MINIMUM WAGES RS.18,000 PER MONTH AND PESNION RS.6000 PER MONTH FOR ANGANWADI WORKERS AND HELPERS! REGULARISE THEM AS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES!
MAKE ANGANWADIS FULL TIME AS ANGANWADI CUM CRECHES!

  • वेतन में कोई नई बढ़ोतरी नहीं हुई

  • सितम्बर 2018 में बढ़ोतरी की घोषणा की गई लेकिन इसे लागू करने के लिए आवश्यक राशि का आधा भी आवंटन नहीं किया।

  • आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स 25 फरवरी 2019 को दिल्ली में विरोध प्रदर्शन करेंगें

अंतरिम बजट 2019 - 20 में, भाजपा सरकार ने 26 लाख आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के साथ फिर से धोखा किया। बजट में न केवल आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स की लंबित मांगों को नज़रअंदाज़ किया गया बल्कि देश में कुपोषण के सवाल को भी नजरअंदाज़ किया।

11 सितम्बर 2018 को प्रधानमंत्री ने आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स, मिनी आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स के वेतन में बढ़ोतरी की घोषणा की थी। उन्होंने यह भी कहा था कि यह बढ़ोतरी 1 अक्टूबर 2018 से लागू होगी और कर्मचारियों को दीपावली से पहले बढ़ा हुआ वेतन मिल जाएगा। लेकिन आज तक अधिकतर राज्यों में अभी तक बढ़ा हुआ वेतन नहीं मिला। सितम्बर में प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा की गई वेतन बढ़ोतरी अंतरिम बजट भाषण में वित मंत्री ने इस तरह प्रसतुत किया कि ऐसा लगे कि आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के वेतन में और बढ़ोतरी की गई है।

बजट के आंकड़े दर्शाते हैं कि बजट में आईसीडीएस के लिए जो आवंटन किया गया है वो सितम्बर 2018 में की गई वेतन बढ़ोतरी लागू करने के लिए भी पर्याप्त नहीं है। 11 सितम्बर 2018 की सरकार की प्रैस विज्ञप्ति में कहा गया है कि 1.10.2018 से 31.3.2020 तक ( 18 महीने ) बढ़ा हुआ वेतन देने के लिए 10,649.41 करोड़ रू अतिरिक्त बजट आवंटन की आवश्यकता होगी। एक साल की वेतन बढ़ोतरी के लिए 60 फीसद हिस्सा 4259 करोड़ रू की ज़रूरत थी। लेकिन ‘‘आंगनवाड़ी सेवाओं’’ के लिए बजट में अम्ब्रैला आईसीडीएस के लिए वर्ष 2019 - 20 के लिए केवल 19834.37 करोड़ रू ही आवंटित किए गए हैं। पिछले साल रिवाईज़ किए गए बजट में 17870.19 करोड़ रू दिए गए थे, इस बार बजट में केवल 1944.18 करोड़ रू की बढ़ोतरी की गई है। वेतन बढ़ोतरी को लागू करने के जितनी राशि की ज़रूरत है, यह राशि उसकी आधी भी नहीं है। 
इस बजट में आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों के लिए पेंशन का ज़िक्र भी नहीं किया गया है जिसका सरकार ने 2014 में वादा भी किया था। व्यंग्य यह है कि भारत सरकार ने सितम्बर 2017 में ( पीआईबी प्रैस विज्ञप्ति दिनांकित 20 सितम्बर 2017के माध्यम से ) बयान दिया कि आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों में पूरक पोषाहार के लिए 12000 करोड़ रू अधिक खर्च किए जाऐंगे। इसका मतलब है कि पोषाहार के लिए प्रति वर्ष 6000करोड़ रू अतिरिक्त व्यय। यह स्पष्ट है कि मोदी के नेतृत्व में भाजपा सरकार ने इस चुनावी बजट में आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स के साथ - साथ देश की जनता को भी गुमराह करते हुए देशभर की 2 करोड़ माताओं व 6 साल से कम उम्र के 10 करोड़ बच्चों को नज़रअंदाज़ किया है। असंगठित क्षेत्र की कामकाजी महिलाओं को बाल देखभाल की सुविधा उपलब्ध कराने के लिए आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों को पूर्णकालिक क्रैच में बदलने के लिए कोई आवंटन या जिक्र भी नहीं किया गया। इसके बजाए सरकार ने पोषाहार के बदले पैसा देने का निर्णय लिया है और दो पायलट प्रोजैक्टों में लागू भी कर दिया है।

आईसीडीएस के लिए पर्याप्त आवंटन न करने, पोषाहार के बदले पैसा देने के खिलाफ तथा योजना श्रमिकों के लिए 45वें श्रम सम्मेलन की सिफारिशों जिनमें न्यूनतम वेतन व पेंशन शामिल है को लागू करवाने के लिए आइफा 25 फरवरी 2019 को नई दिल्ली में व्यापक पैमाने पर लामबंदी करेगी। आइफा अपनी सभी राज्य यूनियनों तथा देशभर के आंगनवाड़ी वर्कर्स व हैल्पर्स का आह्वान करती है कि भाजपा सरकार की इन मजदूर विरोधी नीतियों के खिलाफ 25 फरवरी 2019 को दिल्ली में बड़ी संख्या में शामिल हों। हम देश के मजदूर वर्ग से अनुरोध करते हैं कि आईसीडीएस को बचाने के हमारे संघर्ष में पूरा समर्थन दें। 
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