Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a major hike in the honorarium of anganwadi workers and helpers working under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
The CM made the announcement after the decision to increase the salaries of anganwadi workers and helpers was taken in a high-level meeting at the secretariat.
According to the announcement, the salary of anganwadi workers has been increased to Rs 7500 from existing Rs 6000. Similarly, the mini anganwadi workers will now get a monthly salary of Rs 5375 from existing Rs 4125.
Moreover, the salary of helpers has been enhanced to Rs 3,750 from existing Rs 3,000. The revised salary will be effective retrospectively from October 1, 2018.
Keeping the welfare of the Anganwadi workers, Mini Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi Helpers in view, the state government also announced a few more sops for them.
Increase in age for disengagement:
The age for disengagement from service has been increased from 60 years to 62 years.
Payment of lump sum incentive at the time of disengagement
At the time of exit from service at 62 years, AWWs will get a sum of Rs 20,000 while mini AWWs will get Rs 15,000 and AWHs will be given Rs 10,000 as a measure of social security.
Leave in Summer
A vacation of 15 days will be allowed annually to AWWs/ AWHs during peak summer/period of heat wave. However, key activities as prescribed by Government will continue during the period. The exact dates for vacation will be notified by the Government keeping in view prevailing conditions.
Promotion of anganwadi workers to supervisors
At present 30 per cent of the posts of supervisors are filled up from among AWWs. This is now increased. Henceforth, 50 per cent of supervisor posts will be filled up from among AWWs.
There will be an additional burden on the state of Rs 73.39 crore per year.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “Integrated Child Development Scheme plays an important role in women and child welfare. Anganwadi workers, Mini Anganwadi workers and Helpers form the backbone of ICDS network.”
“The State Government has always been proactive to the cause of Anganwadi workers,” he added.