Anganwadi workers stage stir to press for their demand
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 18:48
New Delhi: Thousands of Anganwadi workers supported by CPI (M) today staged an agitation here demanding regularisation of their services and enhancement of remunerations in view of the "exorbitant" rise in prices.

Women agitators from 20 states across the country under the aegis of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) and Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) reached the Capital to stage a 'Mahapadav' (grand sit in) in this sizzling weather "till the government responds to their demands".

"We will stay here, eat here and would decide our future course of action only after seeing the response of the government tomorrow," AIFAWH general secretary Hemalata said while addressing the agitators.

Accusing the UPA government of being "apathetic" to the demands of the anganwadi workers, AIFAWH demanded the government to "recognise ICDS and Anganwadi workers and helpers as Grade III and Grade IV government employees."

Expressing her party's support to the "struggle" of Anganwadi workers and helpers' both inside and outside Parliament, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said the government in its previous term had given a clear assurance of providing a "lump sum amount" to Anganwadi workers but "its been four years now and nothing has been done."

Questioning the government's policy on the welfare and empowerment of women, she said there was no social security for Anganwadi workers, who served for 20-25 years and are now on the verge of retirement.

Karat asked why the government was not sincere in the case of Anganwadi workers.

"...whether Anaganwadi workers do not belong to India," she added.


First Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 18:48

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