UPA, State govts apathetic to Anganwadi workers' woes: Brinda
CPI-(M) Leader Brinda Karat today accused the union and state governments of not providing decent working conditions for Anganwadi workers and helpers, all women and denying them government jobs.
Addressing the V State-Level Aangawadi workers and helpers conference, she said the women have been on a long struggle to get their dues, including minimum wages from the elected bodies, but of no avail.
Anganwadis set up by the state government, with the help of the Centre, provide day care to infants and pre-school children from poor families.
Expressing her support to the 'struggle' both inside and outside Parliament, she said the UPA Government in its previous term had given a clear assurance of providing a 'lump sum' to the workers but nothing was done over many years.
Questioning the government's policy on the welfare and empowerment of women, she said there was no social security for Anganwadi workers who served for 20-25 years and are now on the verge of retirement.