Thursday, 21 November 2019

Charter of Demands Adopted at the Seventh Conference of All India Federation of Angawadi Workers and Helpers(AIFAWH) held on 4-7 October 2012, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

1    Stop privatisation of ICDS in any form in an the name of Public Private Partnership, restructuring etc
2    Regularise all anganwadi workers as Grade III and helpers as Grade IV government employees
3    Minimum wages of skilled workers should be paid to anganwadi workers and that of semi skilled workers to helpers; remuneration of anganwadi employees should be linked up with consumer price index
4    10% annual increment should be given to both anganwadi workers and helpers. Pending this, the increment available to the anganwadi workers should be extended to the helpers also
5    Social security benefits including gratuity, pension, provident fund, medical facilities etc should be provided to all anganwadi workers and helpers; constitute national level welfare fund for anganwadi employees with contribution from the central and state governments to ensure this
6    Anganwadi workers and helpers should be given paid medical leave
7    Allot adequate funds for immediate operationalisation of all sanctioned anganwadi centres, provision of proper infrastructural facilities including pucca houses, drinking water, toilets etc  
8    Till such pucca buildings are constructed, increase centre rents to Rs 2500 in urban areas and to Rs 1500 in rural areas; anganwadi centres in ICDS projects categorised as Rural, but actually located in urban areas should be paid rent on par with the rent for the centres in the Urban projects
9    Include children 3- 6 years under Right to Education Act and designate anganwadi centres as nodal centres. Nursery centres or pre primary centres should not be allowed in the vicinity of anganwadi centres under any other department or programme of the government
10    Strengthen the ECE component of ICDS by imparting the necessary training to the anganwadi workers; provide uniforms, toys etc to the children in the 3- 6 age group to attract them to the anganwadi centres
11    Anganwadi Centre Leaving Certificate from the Anganwadi worker should be made compulsory for admission in government primary schools
12    Ensure regular supply of good quality supplementary nutrition in sufficient quantities in all the anganwadi centres.  
13    Locally acceptable food freshly prepared in the anganwadi centres should be served to the beneficiaries and not ‘Ready to Eat food’. There should be no Take Home Ration
14    No opening of mini anganwadi centres; convert all the mini anganwadi centres into full fledged anganwadi centres and appoint helpers. Pay equal wages and benefits to the anganwadi workers working the mini anganwadi centres as those of the regular anganwadi workers.
15    Supervisors should be appointed only from the eligible anganwadi workers
16    Anganwadi workers and helpers should be given preference in the appointments for post like ANMs, Primary School Teachers, Village Servants, etc
17    Proper guidelines for the appointment of anganwadi helpers should be formulated and implemented
18    Eligible helpers should be promoted as anganwadi workers whenever there is vacancy of anganwadi workers’ post; there should be no age limit for promotion of such helpers
19    The work of anganwadi workers and helpers should be clearly defined and no additional responsibilities should be given to them
20     Uniform service rules should be applicable to all the anganwadi workers and helpers throughout the country
21    Monthly Project meetings should be conducted in all the Projects regularly, for both the anganwadi workers and helpers, and the day to day problems encountered by them while discharging their duties should be discussed in these meetings. Travel and daily allowances should be paid to all the anganwadi workers and helpers whenever they are called for any official meeting, including when they are called separately for the payment of their wages. TA/ DA should be paid regularly every month.
22    Grievance Redress Committees should be constituted in all the states at the state and district levels by including representatives of the anganwadi employees.
23    Summer holidays should be given in all the states
24    There should be no restrictions on the political activities of the anganwadi employees, including the freedom to participate in any election, till such date as they are recognised as government employees, when the service conditions as applicable to government employees may be applied to them
25    Recognise the Right to Organisation and Collective bargaining of the anganwadi employees
26    Recognise AIFAWH as the representative of anganwadi employees in the country and hold regular discussion with its representatives on all issues concerning them
27  Corruption should be eradicated in the implementation of ICDS