Bhubaneswar: Acknowledging the contribution of Anganwadi workers and helpers in protection and care of women and children, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a slew of benefits for them, including increase in monthly honorarium and retirement age.
Chairing a high-level meeting at State Secretariat here today, the Odisha CM announced that Anganwadi workers in the State will now get Rs 7,500 per month compared to their earlier honorarium of Rs 6,000.
The monthly honorarium of mini- Anganwadi workers has been increased to Rs 5,375 from Rs 4,125 per month, while the Anganwadi helpers will now receive Rs 3,750 against Rs 3,000 per month earlier.
The hike will be effective from October 1, 2018, an official statement said.
Highly appreciating the Anganwadi workers for playing a pioneering role in care and protecton of women and children in the State, the Odisha Government has also increased the retirement age of these grassroot workers from 60 to 62 years old.
Apart from it, Anganwadi workers, mini-anganwadi workers and helpers can avail 15 days summer vacation once in a year, the statement added.
The State government is also planning to fill up 50 per cent Anganwadi supervisor posts out of Anganwadi workers.