A meeting of anganwadi workers, helpers (sahikas) and mini-anganwadi workers was held on Monday to discuss the various demands at the Directorate of Women and Child Development here.
The meeting called upon the anganwadi workers to call-off the strike immediately. The officers today said that the gathering was informed that the striking anganwadi workers can take recourse to law for the revocation of suspension order and against newly-appointed anganwadi workers and helpers (saikas).
The suspended workers can appeal in the court of law. The samiti does not have the powers to re-instate them.
Regarding hike in honorarium the anganwadi workers were informed that they had updated the concerned State Government officials.
The officials said that regarding giving the status of State Government employees to the anganwadi workers and sahikas it is related to the national- level directives hence it is beyond the powers of the samiti and the State Government.
The authorities have decided to pay Rs 50 thousand and Rs 25 thousand to the retiring anganwadi workers and helpers from the current fiscal.
Regarding the demand of anganwadi workers to be promoted as supervisors , the delegation was informed that the post falls under the Grade-III of the State Government and only seniority and adequate educational qualifications will make them eligible.
The relevant appointment rules of the General Administration Department are applicable.
On the demand of paying ex-gratia of Rs 50 thousand on the death of anganwadi workers-helpers, the gathering was informed that a decision will be taken after taking various factors into account by the Women and Child Development Department.
The officials were requested to appoint two representatives (workers and helpers) to the samiti. The officials said that the concerned department will be informed.
Women and Child Development Department Joint Director Mr. Prateek Khare, State Government Grade-III employees Federation regional president Mr. Rakesh Sahu, Chhattisgarh Jhujharu Anganwadi Staff-Sahikas Welfare Federation regional secretary Miss Vasnti Verma and several officers were also present.>