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 2019 focusing the need to strengthen ICDS and register protest against the Modi 2 government's attitude towards poor women and children.
A R Sindhu