Senior CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami has urged the State government to release the pending wages of Anganwadi workers and helpers without any further delay.
“Although Anganwadi workers and helpers have forced the Union government to announce an increase in their remuneration, the basic issues of recognition, pension and social security have still not been addressed. The meagre hike in wages is not going to address the burning issues of Anganwadi workers and helpers, as their families are dependent on them,” Tarigami said in a statement.
He said that the government recently enhanced the honorarium in favour of these workers/helpers to Rs. 5100 and 2550 respectively; however the announcement of PDP-led government in last Budget session to enhance the honorarium of Anganwadi workers by Rs 500 has not been fulfilled till date.
The administrative apathy towards their genuine issues is against justice and fair play. Social security benefits including promotion, gratuity, pension, provident fund, medical facilities, etc., should be provided to all Anganwadi workers and helpers, Tarigami said.
He also cautioned the Government to stop the move to introduce direct/ conditional cash transfers and packaged food in ICDS. The ICDS is a unique outreach programme to meet the nutritional needs of crores of children under the age of six and to improve the nutrition levels of pregnant and lactating mothers from the most vulnerable sections of our society.