BY TC News Desk
Agartala, December 18: The Labour Monitoring Cell of the Tripura Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association took a proactive step on Monday by submitting a deputation to the Director of the Social Welfare and Social Education Department. The deputation outlined eight key demands aimed at addressing pressing issues within the Anganwadi Kendras.
Manjula Chakraborty, Secretary general of the Monitoring Cell, highlighted the deteriorating condition of drums provided to Anganwadi Kendras for storing children’s food a decade ago. These drums are now deemed unsuitable and, if not replaced promptly, pose challenges in storing essential baby food. Additionally, the deputation stressed the need for essential items to store rice and pulses, the provision of toilets in older Anganwadi Kendras, and the urgent requirement for repairs in these facilities.
As summer approaches, the deputation emphasized the necessity of installing electric fans in Anganwadi Kendras to ensure a comfortable environment for children and workers. Another significant demand was the increase in the retirement allowance for retired Anganwadi workers and helpers, raising it from Rs 750 to Rs 5000 and Rs 500 to Rs 3000, respectively.
Moreover, aligning with the National Education Policy 2020, the Labour Monitoring Cell advocated for the formal recognition of Anganwadi Kendras as pre-primary institutions. The proposal includes the promotion of Anganwadi workers to the role of pre-primary teachers and assistants to pre-primary level assistants through appropriate training.
The deputation aims to draw attention to these critical issues and seeks collaborative efforts from the Social Welfare and Social Education Department to address the concerns and improve the overall conditions in Anganwadi Kendras.