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...

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। 
जारीकर्ता

ए आर सिंधु,
महासचिव

NO FURTHER INCREASE IN REMUNERATION 
Not even half of adequate allocation necessary for the increase announced in September 2018 
Anganwadi workers and helpers of India will organise protest in Delhi on 25 February 2019
 
In the interim budget 2019-20, BJP government has again cheated the 26 lakh anganwadi workers and helpers. The budget has neglected not only the long pending demands of the anganwadi workers and helpers but also has neglected the crucial question of malnutrition in the country.
 
The Prime Minister had declared increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers, mini workers and helpers on 11 September 2018. He also declared that it will be implemented from 1 October 2018 and the workers will get it before Deepavali. But till date the anganwadi workers and helpers in most of the states are yet to receive it. In the budget speech the Interim Finance Minister has mentioned the increase in remuneration of anganwadi and ASHA workers declared by the Prime Minister in September, in such a way to create an impression that there is further increase in remuneration of anganwadi employees.
 
But the budget figures reveal that the budget allocation is not even adequate to implement the increase announced by the Government in September 2018. The PIB release on 11 September 2018 says that the additional budgetary allocation necessary for the increase for a period from 1.10.2018 to 31.3.2020 is Rs.10,649.41crores. Sixty percent of this amount which is required for the increased remuneration for an year will be Rs.4259 crores. But the budget allocation for ‘Anganwadi Services’ in the budget for Umbrella ICDS for the year 2019-20 is only Rs.19, 834.37 crores, an increase only by Rs.1944.18crores from the last years revised budget of Rs.Rs.17,870.19cr. This is not even half of what is required to implement the increase.
 
The budget does not mention anything about the pension for the anganwadi employees which the government has been promising since 2014. The irony is that the Government of India stated in September 2017 that it is going to spent Rs.12,000cr (PIB release dated 20 September 2017 ) for the increased allocation for the supplementary nutrition in the anganwadi centres. This means an additional Rs.6000cr per year for nutrition. But neither the budget last year nor this year includes this allocation. It is obvious that the Modi led BJP government, even in this election budget, tried to misguide the anganwadi workers and helpers as well as the people of the country while neglecting the 2crore mothers and 10 crore children under six years. There is no allocation or mention on converting anganwadi centres to full time crèches to ensure the childcare service to the unorganized sector working women. On the contrary, the government has already decided to introduce direct cash transfer in place of nutrition ICDS and has started two pilot projects.
 
AIFAWH will organise a massive mobilization in New Delhi on 25 February 2019 against non allocation of adequate Funds, against Cash transfer and for the implementation of 45th ILC recommendations on minimum wages and pension for the scheme workers. AIFAWH calls upon all the state unions and all the anganwadi workers and helpers of the country to protest against the BJP government’s anti worker policies and join enmasse in the protest at Delhi on 25 February 2019. We request the working people of the country to extend full support to our struggles to Save ICDS.
 
Issued by 
A. R. Sindhu
General Secretary 
AIFAWH

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

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