New Delhi, Sept 11: Bringing respite to the agitating anganwadi workers and accredited social health activists (Asha), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an increase in the honorarium and incentives paid to them by the government. The increase, however, is not in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The Anganwadi Workers' Association had been protesting over the past few months against their low wages. One of the points raised by them in their charter of demands was making them eligible for 7th Pay Commission benefits.
Their demand was supported by senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde and Shiv Sena legislator Anil Parab.
Hike announced by the government today:
Those receiving Rs. 3000 so far, would now receive Rs. 4500. Similarly those receiving Rs. 2200, would now get Rs. 3500. The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2250.
Prime Minister also announced that Anganwadi workers and helpers using techniques such as Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS), would get additional incentives. The incentives ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 500, would be based on performance.
PM Modi interacted with teams of three As - the ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) from across the country. He appreciated their efforts to work together, to use innovative means and technology, to improve the delivery of health and nutrition services and achieve the goal of the POSHAN Abhiyan - reduction of malnutrition in the country.
In addition, all accredited social health activists (Asha) will be brought under the coverage of various social security schemes and provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana.
(With agency & PIB inputs)