Anaganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (AWHU) affiliated to Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) organised a day-long strike in the district and organised rallies at Mandi, Jogindernagar, Sarkaghat and Karsog in support of their demands on Friday.
At Mandi, AWHU district president Sumitra Thakur and CITU senior vice-president Paras Ram led the possession. They said that anganwadi workers and helpers were being paid marginal money on the name of honorarium and the state government was not ready to deposit its share with the Centre funds to enhance their salaries on par with Punjab and Haryana state governments.
Sumitra said, “The workers and helpers are retiring without pension and provision for the health and education of their ward.”
She said the AWHU was demanding pension to the workers and helpers and establishment of contributed welfare fund, salary on par with Haryana state pattern of Rs 7,500 to the worker and Rs 3,500 to the helpers, preference should be given to anganwadi workers while government fulfilling departmental supervisor posts, retirement age should be extended up to 65 years and funds to be raised to run anganwadi kendras (centres) in proper and hygiene space of government owned buildings.
In Kullu, hundreds of anganwadi workers gathered at Sarvari to join in a procession against the incumbent state and central government to raise their voice regarding their demands.
District general secretary CITU Rajesh Thakur said, “The incumbent governments are not paying heed towards the demands of anganwadi workers and helpers who are facing tough time due to lack of proper policy to benefit them.”
He alleged that the concern government was focusing on privatisation of the institution.
The anganwadi workers and helpers strongly opposed the proposal of the state and central government in which Bal Vikas Priyojna will be converted into societies and food grains material related to anganwadi will be allowed to supply through non-government organisations or self-help groups.