(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 18, 2010
9, 2010 once again witnessed the anger and resentment of the anganwadi
employees towards the UPA II government. After waiting for more than
for concrete action by the government on the assurances given by the
on their demands, more than ten lakh anganwadi employees closed their
and participated in a massive all
response of the anganwadi employees to the call for strike was
was massive and near total in many states including
Andhra Pradesh, the strike was total with anganwadi employees in all
projects joining the strike despite the attempts by the child
project officers and the supervisors who went around the centres in
threatening the anganwadi employees against participating in the
government wanted to disrupt the strike by asking the accredited social
activists (ASHAs) and Indira Kranti Pathakam (IKP – a state government
programme) animators to run the anganwadi centres on the day. A few
earlier, the director of women development and child welfare directed
supervisors to provide lists of the anganwadi workers and helpers ‘who
creating problems and trouble’ in the functioning of the anganwadi
a bid to target the union activists for victimisation. But none of
attempts by the state government could deter the anganwadi employees
participating in the strike. More than one lakh anganwadi employees
participated in the project level dharna, processions, rallies; in many
projects, rasta rokos were held. Police resorted to arrests in
In Assam, strike was total in 22 out of the 27 districts in the state; anganwadi employees in 167 projects out of the total 228 projects in the state participated in the strike; district level mobilisations were held in 16 districts while in one district, project level demonstrations were held; around 17,000 anganwadi employees participated in processions and submitted memoranda addressed to the prime minister, to the deputy commissioners; for the first time anganwadi employees in Shivsagar district in the Brahmaputra valley and Cachar Hailakandi in Borak valley participated in the strike.
In Chattisgarh, except Kabirdham district, strike was total in all the 19 other districts. In addition to the district level rallies and demonstrations, a massive rally in which more than 2500 anganwadi employees participated, was held in the state capital, Raipur; around 800 – 900 anganwadi employees participated in the rally in Rajnandgaon and burnt the effigy of the prime minister. Despite rain, anganwadi employees in large numbers participated in the demonstrations and blocked the roads for several hours in many places. Around 15,000 anganwadi employees in the districts of Dantewada, Jagadalpur, Bijapur, Narayangarh, Kanker, Sarguja, Korba and Jashpur participated in the strike and demonstrations.
strike was total in
Pradesh is another state where the strike was unprecedented. It was
the eastern and western parts of the state; 70- 80 per cent in
southern parts; and partial in the central part. Demonstrations,
dharna, and burning of
effigies were held in several project and district headquarters
More than 80 per cent of the anganwadi employees in Karnataka participated in the strike; huge demonstrations were held in almost all the districts and in the state capital Bengaluru. In Punjab, strike was observed in all the 20 districts in the state and was total in several districts; rasta and rail roko, dharna, demonstrations, processions, burning of effigies etc were held in all the districts in which more than 10,000 participated; police resorted to force in Sangrur where Usha Rani, president of the union and secretary of the AIFAWH was injured along with several other anganwadi employees.
In Haryana, strike was observed in 18 out of the 21 districts in the state; in Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Panipat, Hisar, Sirsa, Faridabad, Karnal, Palwal, and Mewat, anganwadi employees organised processions and rasta rokos; in some places anganwadi employees carried the effigy of the prime minister on their shoulders and marched before burning it. In Panipat, the traffic on the national highway was blocked for around one hour; despite the floods, demonstrations and rasta rokos were held in Kaithal and Yamuna Nagar.
Strike was observed in 23 districts of Madhya Pradesh and demonstrations were held in 17 districts; in six districts rasta rokos was held; effigies were burnt in several places; memoranda addressed to the prime minister were submitted to the district collectors in all the districts; in several districts including Jabalpur and Bhopal, the officers resorted to threats and brought tremendous pressure on the anganwadi employees to disrupt the strike; despite this, anganwadi employees participated in large numbers; in Jabalpur, anganwadi employees marched for a distance of two kilometers in a huge procession.
The strike was total in the districts of Dehra Dun, Pauri Garhwal, Chamoli and Uddhamsingh Nagar in Uttarakhand and partial in Tehri, Garhwal, Almora and Haridwar; anganwadi employees who were not members of AIFAWH also participated in the strike in several districts; rasta roko was held in Pauri Garhwal; project level demonstrations were held in Chamoli; district level demonstrations were held in other districts; memoranda addressed to the prime minister were submitted to the district authorities.
than 1000 anganwadi employees in
strike was not observed in Himachal Pradesh, as the anganwadi employees
strike only a few days before on their pressing state level demands,
demonstrations were held at the district level in which hundreds of
employees participated. In Tamilnadu more than 7000 anganwadi employees
gathered in Chennai and started an indefinite sit-in near the
The AIFAWH congratulated all the anganwadi employees, the state committees and the activists of the Federation for making the strike an unprecedented success with the massive participation in the demonstrations. It has demanded the government to take immediate steps to fulfil the assurances given by the prime minister and warned that the struggle would be further intensified if the government continues to neglect the demands.