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6 lakh anganwadi workers and helpers observe “Black Day” against
Privatisation of ICDS and recognition as workers, minimum wage and
pension on 10 July 2013
All India federation of Anganwadi
Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) congratulates anganwadi workers and helpers
all over the country for the magnificent success of the observance of
“black day” on 10th July 2013.
Nearly six lakh anganwadi
workers from states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi,
Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya
Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Uttar
Pradesh and West Bengal - observed “black day” on 10 July 2013 at the
call of AIFAWH. In Kerala, due to the hartal in the state today against
the state government the protest will be held on 19th July 2013. In
Uttarakhand due to the involvement of the union in the relief works,
only a memorandum was submitted. In Andhra Pradesh the state anganwadi
union is also on three days strike on 8,9 and 10 July. Hundreds and
thousands of anganwadi workers and helpers wearing black dress, holding
black banners, flags etc hold demonstrations, dharnas, rallies etc at
project, district and state head quarters in different states. In
various states the government had tried to prevent the anganwadi workers
and helpers from participating in the struggle, by issuing notices,
denying police permissions etc.
In Delhi more anganwadi
workers and helpers held a dharna near ITO, New Delhi. Tapan Sen MP,
General Secretary CITU inaugurated. A R Sindhu, Secretary CITU and
General Secretary AIFAWH, K Hemalata, Secretary CITU, Ranjana Nirula
treasurer CITU and convenor ASHA workers co ordination committee,
Kamala, General Secretary Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and helpers
Union, M L Malkotia General Secretary State CITU addressed the
AIFAWH has given a call to observe 10 July, the anganwadi
demands day as “black day” against the government’s proposals for move
to dismantle the ICDS through privatisation of pre-school education and
compulsory handing over to NGOs and corporates, opposition of the
Ministry of women and Child Development to the recommendations of the
45th Indian Labour Conference, recognizing the scheme workers (including
the anganwadi workers and helpers) as workers, paying them minimum
wages and pension and freedom of association.
The Ministry of WCD,
whose Minister Smt. Krishna Tirath, who recently appeared in News
Headlines for declaring a proposal for “recognizing the women’s house
work by paying salary to housewives”, when it came to their turn of
recognizing the women’s unpaid labour in these government schemes, in a
most shameful manner opposed the ILC recommendations.
that the government must stop any move to privatise the ICDS and
immediately implement the recommendations of the 45th ILC on scheme
workers and must come forward and talk to the trade union federations of
anganwadi employees on their demands and issues as in a democracy.