Odisha Government has increased the monthly remuneration of anganwadi workers to Rs 7500. Currently they are getting Rs 6000 per month.
Industry experts say the BJD-led state government has taken the step keeping the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in mind. Nevertheless, the citizens are the ultimate beneficiaries.
“The Integrated Child Development Scheme plays an important role in women and child welfare. Anganwadi workers, mini-anganwadi workers and helpers form the backbone of the ICDS network. Keeping their welfare in view, the State government has decided to give a package that will come into effect retrospectively from October 1, 2018,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Like the anganwadi workers, the monthly honorarium of mini-anganwadi workers has also been increased to Rs5,375 per month as against Rs4,125 currently. The monthly honorarium of anganwadi helpers has been fixed at Rs3,750.
The anganwadi workers are not just getting the monetary benefit out of this step, their upper age limit for these jobs has been increased from 60 years to 62 years.
“At the time of exit at the age of 62, anganwadi workers, mini-anganwadi workers and helpers will be given a lump-sum incentive of Rs20,000, Rs15,000 and Rs10,000 respectively,” said Mr. Patnaik.
The workers are now also entitled for a vacation of 15 days annually during peak summer. “Henceforth, 50% posts of anganwadi supervisors will be ﬁlled up from the cadre of anganwadi workers,” he said. The package will beneﬁt 72,500 anganwadi workers and an equal number of helpers.
Earlier, the Odisha government had announced cash incentives for farmers to take up farming during kharif and rabi crop season.
Last Friday, the government had launched an initiative to distribute free LED bulbs to families identified under the National Food Security Act. Moreover, annual financial assistance of Rs20,000 will be given to students belonging to underprivileged families for pursuing graduation and post-graduation programmes.