Naveen woos anganwadi work­ers with eyes on poll

The Asian Age - - Nation - AK­SHAYA KU­MAR SAHOO

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.

— PTI

Young girls dressed in tra­di­tional at­tire cel­e­brate Lohri fes­ti­val in Jammu on Sun­day.

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