Agartala, Feb 18, 2021, ENEWSTIME Desk
Anganwadi workers of Tripura on Thursday hit streets in support of 7-point demand including reintroduction of the state’s share of allowance they used to get.
The AWC workers complained that since the new government came to power in Tripura, the state’s share allocated for the monthly income honorarium for the Anganwadi workers had been stopped.
“We demand that the share must be reintroduced for the welfare of not less than 19,000 AWC workers working in various parts of the state”, Manjola Chakraborty, General Secretary of Anganwadi workers Mahasangha told reporters.
Chakraborty who was leading a mass rally and was one her way to meet in a mass deputation at the West Tripura District Magistrate’s office also said, “We have been appointed under the ICDS scheme and it is being continued in the country for a long time. The tenure of the scheme has been extended time and again but still the employees who were appointed under the scheme are to get the status of government employees. We are still not treated as employees of the state government; the status should be conferred upon us and this is one of the prime demands in our seven point charter of demands”.
According to her, the government employees get a range of benefits from starting from gratuity to medical leaves but in their case they were still bereft of such special leave benefits. They were demanding at least the medical leave benefit for them as it became highly important for them, in certain occasions, to manage leaves.
Among the other significant demands, the association of the AWC workers in Tripura also wanted adequate pay outs as per the duties they discharge for the state government and also benefits compensating their spendings during various works they perform for the state government although they were not supposed to do the job. Chakraborty highlighted Covid vaccine duties as such activities that did not come under the six specified services that they were supposed to do as per their position.