Assam State Anganwadi Workers’ and Helpers’ Association launch 4-day stir in Guwahati
The Assam State Anganwadi Workers’ and Helpers’ Association, Kamrup (metro) district started a four-day protest on Tuesday demanding an immediate resolution of several of their demands
GUWAHATI: The Assam State Anganwadi Workers’ and Helpers’ Association, Kamrup (metro) district started a four-day protest on Tuesday demanding an immediate resolution of several of their demands. During this four-day protest which will continue till May 26, they will not perform their duties.
They Anganwadi workers and helpers have demanded that the Government of Assam should immediately release the one-time pension benefit for all the retired Anganwadi workers. Regular wages should replace the current remuneration as per the labour rules, and till that is not done, they demanded a minimum pay of Rs 10,000 per month. They also demanded the renovation and development of all the Anganwadi centres in the State along with proper infrastructure. In alignment with the pre-primary education level as per the New Education Policy (NEP), they should be given recognition as employees of the state government.
Being the grassroots level of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the Anganwadi workers, mini centre workers and helpers perform a key role in taking the proper role of pregnant women, new mothers and young children. They also look into the proper implementation of various medical schemes and the dissemination of ample information regarding healthcare and well-being. But they lack any recognition as members of the medical and healthcare department. According to the current labour laws and keeping in mind the prices of essential items, they have demanded a salary of a minimum of Rs 21,000 per month. They have also demanded the filling of vacant positions immediately with people with ample knowledge and expertise.