Withdraw order linking salary of Anganwari workers to Panchayat certification: Tarigami

Srinagar, Jul 8: Opposing the recent decision of the State Administrative Council (SAC) linking salary of Anganwari workers to panchayat certification, state president of the CITU Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami urged the administration to withdraw this order.
Senior leader of CPI (M) Tarigami has said that the decision of the SAC to disburse honorarium to Anganwari Workers and Anganwari Helpers under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme through Gram Panchayats can pave way for corruption and harassment of the workers and helpers.
Supervision of Anganwari centers is done by the ICDS department and we don’t object the Coordination with Panchayati Raj Institutions in running the Anganwari centers. But, he said, the panchayats must provide resources to the Anganwari centre like it is being done in Kerala, where they provide additional food, milk, eggs toys and uniforms for children.
But here, Tarigami said, instead of following that model, only monitoring part has been given to panchayats. The salary to the Anganwari staff will be released only after the certification of the panchayats which can lead to corruption and harassment of the workers and helpers.
He said this was tried in many states, All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers/Helpers (AIFAWH) and trade unions objected to it and the decision was taken back.
He said in J&K also Anganwadi workers and trade unions should oppose this decision and persuade the administration for its withdrawal.