(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 20, 2012
Anganwadi, ASHA, Midday Meal
Workers Hold Dharna
Anganwadi, ASHA, Midday Meal Workers Hold Dharna
state committees of the Anganwadi Karmachari Union, ASHA
Karmachari Union and
Midday Meal Karmachari Union organised a joint, day long
representations by the Anganwadi Karmachari Union,
affiliated to the CITU, the
Uttar Pradesh state government did not pay the arrears of
remuneration for Anganwadi employees, which were due from
April 1, 2011. Anganwadi
employees in the state were getting only Rs 1500 and Rs 750,
more than one year
after their wages were doubled by the government of
union decided to intensify the struggle
and started the preparations immediately after the elections
to the state
assembly. A meeting of the extended state committee was held
campaign evoked good response from the Anganwadi
employees who reached
A five member delegation met the special secretary for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and held a detailed discussion. As the meeting was going on, the cabinet met and decided to release the arrears for six months as the first instalment and pay the remaining at the earliest. Enthused by their achievement, the Anganwadi employees decided to further strengthen the union and continue fighting for the other demands. The union called upon them to hold massive local level demonstrations on the All-India Demands Day on July 10.
The state committee of Anganwadi Karmachari Union, Uttar Pradesh, expressed their gratitude to all the mass organisations including the DYFI, SFI and BGVS, in addition to the state committee of the CITU, that have extended their support for the successful organisation of the dharna.
From the dharna site, the ASHA Karmachari Union raised the demands of fixed and guaranteed monthly remuneration instead of ‘incentive,’ regular payment, rest rooms at hospitals and community health centres, 50 per cent reservation in the appointments of ANMs, medical kits with the necessary medicines in enough quantities, constitution of complaint cells in the NRHM offices, strengthening of primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs) and stop to privatisation of health services. The union also demanded electricity to the hospitals, construction of pucca roads and provision of public transport to the rural and interior areas of Uttar Pradesh. The ASHA workers from 18 districts participated in the dharna. A separate memorandum was submitted to the government on the occasion.
Hundreds of midday meal workers from six districts also joined the dharna to raise their demands of regularisation, stopping of the system of yearly renewal of appointment, regular payment through bank accounts, medical aid in case of burns and other injuries at work place and stop to privatisation of the midday meal programme.
A five member delegation met the director of Basic Education and submitted a memorandum. The union decided to intensify the struggle by, among other things, organising massive dharnas at the district level and hunger strike in June if the demands are not met.
Veena Gupta, general secretary of Anganwadi Karmachari Union and ASHA Karmachari Union, and vice president of Uttar Pradesh state committee of CITU, along with several other office bearers of the state committee of CITU and the leaders of all the unions participating in the dharna, addressed the gathering and called upon the workers to strengthen their respective organisations and continue their struggle till their demands are met.