From India News Network (INN)
New Delhi, July 10 A R Sindhu, General Secretary All India federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) has issued the following statement:
All India federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) congratulates anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for the vigorous protest on 10 July 2018,on AIFAWH “All India Demands’ Day”.
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. A joint protest was held on 9 July in Odisha. In Delhi the protest and mobilisation will be held on 20 July.
In spite of heavy rains in many parts of the country, anganwadi workers and helpers gathered in large numbers. They are agitated because the BJP government at the centre which had promised to ‘increase the wages of the anganwadi workers’ in its election manifesto had not only violated its promise but also had cut down the budget of ICDS drastically. Now by introducing direct cash transfer in ICDS in place of supplementary nutrition, nursery schools in place of anganwadis and by handing over the anganwadi centres to corporate and corporate NGOs this government is dismantling the ICDS.
Demonstrations were held in front of the offices of various central government ministers in their constituencies in various places. AIFAWH is collecting signatures on a memorandum to the Prime Minister on these demands. Nearly three crore signatures will be submitted to the Prime Minster.
Anganwadi workers and helpers will participate in the ‘Jailbharo’ on 9th August 2018, organised by the AIKS and CITU. On 14th August 2018 night, AIFAWH members will join the ‘Samoohik Jagran’ by CITU with a slogan “Freedom from malnutrition, illiteracy and ill health”
AIFAWH has also decided to mobilize fifty thousand anganwadi workers and helpers on 5th September 2018 in Delhi for the Worker-Peasant Sangharsh Rally.