Updated: Aug 14, 2020
Q: You mentioned how Sevikas do not have health insurance. Has this issue been raised to the government? What has been the response?
AWW: What can I do alone? The union raised this issue but we have not received any response as of now. Because of COVID-19, we have not received any additional insurance.
Q: Are you facing any other challenges? What is the support you need to do your job better?
AWW: We are facing a lot of challenges currently. We have to go door-to-door to conduct surveys with the ASHA sisters.
I think a training programme should be conducted specifically on Coronavirus.
Q: Are you getting any remuneration for the survey work that you are involved in currently?
AWW: No, we are not getting paid anything extra for that. However, we had a conversation with the Lady Supervisor who told us that we will get Rs. 200 per day. This will be given by the Health Department.
Q: Are other facilities like supplementary nutrition, immunisation being provided?
AWW: Take Home Ration is being distributed to people. For children in the 3-6 years age group, ration is being given instead of cooked food once in a fortnight.
The interview was conducted with an Anganwadi Worker & Block level Union Secretary in Bihar in Hindi on 12th and 16th May 2020, and has been translated.