Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday hiked monthly remuneration of Anganwadi workers and helpers ahead of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Nearly 1.45 lakh workers and helpers would be benefited.
While Anganwadi workers would now get Rs 7,500 per month against the Rs 6,000 while mini-Anganwadi workers would receive Rs 5375 against Rs 4125 and helpers would get Rs 3750 against Rs 3,000. The revised pay would come into force retrospectively from October 2018.
Patnaik also announced several sops for Anganwadi workers, including increasing superannuation age to 62 years, 15-day summer vacation and filling of 50 per cent posts of supervisors from among the Anganwadi workers.
“At the time of exit at the age of 62 years, the Anganwadi workers, mini-Anganwadi workers and helpers will be given a lump sum incentive of Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively as a measure of social security,” said Patnaik.
On promotional aspect, the Chief Minister said, “Henceforth, 50 per cent of ANganwadi supervisors will be filled up from amongst Anganwadi workers.”
This decision would benefit 72,500 workers and an equal number of helpers, said the Chief Minister.
Notably, the State Government in October, 2017 hiked salary of Anganwadi workers to Rs 6,000 per month. While the salary of mini Anganwadi workers had been increased to Rs 4,125, the salary of Anganwadi helpers had been hiked to Rs 3,000.
Last month Patnaik announced the Rs 10,000-crore KALIA scheme for the overall development of farmers in the State.