A delegation of the Himachal Pradesh State Committee of CITU, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, met Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mr. Dhani Ram Shandil and handed over a twenty-three point demand letter to him. During this, all the top officers including the Director of the Women and Child Development Department were present. CITU State President Vijendra Mehra, General Secretary Prem Gautam, Union Vice President Himindri, General Secretary Veena Sharma, Manju, Champa, Sudesh, Kanchan, Shashi, Bimla, Ramprakash, etc were present in the union delegation. The minister announced 100 percent appointment of Anganwadi workers in pre-primary, abolishing the condition of 45 years in this appointment, filling the vacant posts of supervisors, implementing gratuity facility on the lines of Karnataka and Gujarat as per the order of the Honorable Supreme Court, on the lines of Haryana. Giving salary and seniority benefits, giving other holidays including medical on the lines of Punjab, increasing the retirement age to 65 years, upgrading mini Anganwadi centers to the status of full Anganwadi centers, providing mobile recharge and stationery facilities, deduction of salary during medical or illness. Assured to fulfill the demands of banning, removing the problems of the nutrition tracker app and giving new mobiles etc.
CITU State President Vijender Mehra, General Secretary Prem Gautam, Union Vice President Himindri Devi and General Secretary Veena Sharma have said that the minister’s stand on the demand letter was very sensitive. He has demanded the central and state government to regularize the Anganwadi workers as per the recommendation of the 45th Indian Labor Conference held in the year 2013. He has demanded that Anganwadi workers should be given salary and other facilities on the lines of Haryana. He has demanded implementation of pension, gratuity, medical and holiday facilities for Anganwadi workers. They have demanded that Anganwadi workers should be given the responsibility of teaching pre-primary classes and young children under the new education policy as they are highly trained personnel. In lieu of this, their salary should be increased and they should be regularised.