(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 17, 2013
Save ICDS Jatha Launched from Jallianwala Bagh
AT the call of the
CITU affiliated Anganwadi Mulazim
Union of Punjab (AMUP) a “Save the ICDS Jatha March” was
launched from the
historic Jallianwala Bagh in
After floral tributes were paid to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, an impressive public meeting was held in the premises of this historic place. Apart from the leaders of the jatha march, Dr Hemlata, Raghunath Singh and Vijay Misra also addressed this public meeting. Dr Hemlata greeted the jatha and congratulated the state committee of the Anganwadi Mulazim Union Punjab for organising a month long jatha march from November 7 to December 3.
This public meeting was attended by over five hundred Anganwadi workers and helpers, apart from workers of various fraternal organisations like ASHA Workers Union and the CITU affiliated unions of industrial workers and transport workers.
After the public meeting a militant procession was taken out in the city with the beating of drums and with resounding slogans.
The jatha march was
given a warm welcome by hundreds
of Anganwadi workers, helpers and workers of various mass
the leadership of Mrs Rajwant Kaur and Sukhminder Kaur,
president and general
secretary respectively of the
On November 8, the jatha was received at the entrance gate of the Rayya town in Amritsar district by over 400 Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, workers and leaders of various CITU affiliated unions and government employees’ unions. The jatha was taken to the venue of the public meeting in a procession with the beating of drum, and the leaders of the jatha march were garlanded by leaders of the block unit of AMUP. The jatha got unprecedented support and response at Taran Tarn where about 700 Anganwadi workers and helpers, under the leadership of Mrs Anup Kaur, Joginder Kaur and Beant Kaur, president, general secretary and secretary of the Taran Taran distruict unit of the union, greeted the jatha. The jatha march was also greeted by Davinderjit Singh Dhillon, a state level leader of Punjab Kisan Sabha, and district CITU leaders Sucha Singh Ajnala and Sukhdev Singh Golwarh. After the public rally, a militant procession shouting slogans for saving the ICDS and saving children from malnutrition was taken out through the town. Never before was such a militant procession of working women seen by the people of the town.
On November 9, the jatha march reached Dera Baba Nanak where over 300 Anganwadi workers and helpers greeted and welcomed the jatha march by garlanding its leaders. It was followed by a public rally which was addressed by leaders of the jatha. At 2.00 p m the jatha march reach village Nadala where over 200 Anganwadi workers and helpers received it at the entrance gate of the village and held an impressive rally there.
On November 10, the
jatha was given a warm welcome in
Kapurthala city where about 450 Anganwadi workers took the
jatha march in a
procession to the venue of the public meeting. At 2.00 p m
the jatha marched to
the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall of Jallandhar where a well
decorated vehicle which carries
banners bearing slogans of the jatha march and photographs
of the rallies,
demonstration and police repression on peaceful agitations
and movements of Anganwadi
workers and helpers. Then a public rally was held in the
premises of the Desh
Bhagat Yadgar Hall which was addressed by Raghunath Singh
(general secretary of
On November 11, the jatha got tremendous response in Noormehal town where over 700 Anganwadi workers, helpers and workers of various mass organisations greeted and welcomed it with resounding slogans. They then took out a militant procession that caught the attention of every passer-by. Then a big rally was held in Noormehal Inn; it was addressed by leaders of the jatha and of fraternal organisations.
At 2.00 p m a well planned and colourful rally and demonstration were organised in Philour block of district Jallandhar. Over 500 Anganwadi workers and helpers participated in the procession and the public rally. The whole venue of public meeting had been well decorated with the CITU flags and banners of Anganwadi Mulazim Union. The jatha was greeted by the leaders and workers of AMU Punjab.
From Philour, the jatha march left for district Hoshiarpur on November 12.
The jatha will reach
Khatkar Kalan, the home