Naveen woos anganwadi workers with eyes on poll
After women self- help groups, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is now eying to woo anganwadi workers to canvass for the party in the ensuing Assembly and Lok Sabha workers.
The CM, who on Saturday announced several sops for Anganwadi workers and helpers, believes the ruling BJD would immensely benefit if Angawandi workers worked for the party during the elections. The state has over one lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers.
As per the chief minister’s announcement, Anganwadi workers in the state, who drew ` 6,000 will now get ` 7,500 per month, of which the Centre will give ` 4,800 and the state’s share is ` 2,700.
Similarly, the monthly honorarium of miniAnganwadi workers has been hiked to ` 5,375 from ` 4,125 per month.
Anganwadi helpers will now receive ` 3,750 as opposed to the earlier amount of ` 3,000 per month.
The hike will come into effect retrospectively from October 1, 2018, a government release said.
Besides, the state government has also increased the retirement age of these grassroots workers from 60 to 62 years old, the official communication stated.
“At the time of exit at the age of 62 years, Anganwadi workers, mini- Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers will be given a lump- sum incentive of ` 20,000, ` 15,000 and ` 10,000 respectively as a measure of social security,” said the chief minister.
He also announced a 15day summer vacation for them and filling 50 per cent of supervisor posts from anganwadi workers.
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