Angandwadi workers take to streets

Resent govt order directing them to work under Panchayats
Angandwadi workers take to streets
Anganwardi Workers protest in Lal Chowk on July 18. Pic : Mubashir Khan/GK

Scores of Angandwari workers and helpers took out a protest march at city centre Lal Chowk demanding revocation of the government order directing them to work under Panchs and Sarpanchs.

The protesting anganwadi workers marched from Residency Roadto Ghanta Ghar amid slogans in favor of their demands.

"We have been working independently through integrated childdevelopment scheme (ICDS) from years and now government has decided that wewill have to work through Gram panchayats. This is sheer humiliation as oursalaries and nutrition for children will come through Panchs and Sarpanchswhich we believe will hamper our work and lead to privatization of the scheme," said Lateefa Ganai, vice presidentAnganwadi workers and helpers Union.

"We have our own supervisors. Bringing our work under Panchsand Sarpanchs will serve no purpose," she said.

The protest rally was also supported by Centre of IndianTrade Unions (CITU), who called for revocation of the order and regularizationof anganwadi workers.

As per the order, disbursement of monthly honorarium  of Anganwadi works and helpers will takeplace through Gram Panchayats. The order also states that gram panchayats willmonitor and supervise the working of anganwadi centers which did not went downwell with anganwadi workers.

Earlier this week anganwadi workers under the banner ofAnganwadi workers and helpers association held a protest calling for revocationof the order.

President of the Association Tasleema Subhan said that theywill not work under Panchs and Sarpanchs. The protesting workers and helperssaid that if the order is not revoked they will intensify the protest.

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