Govt hikes honorarium of Anganwari workers, helpers


Jammu, Nov 23: Bringing cheers on the face of thousands of Anganwari workers and helpers, the state government on Tuesday announced the enhancement of their monthly wages from this month.
 Sources said the issue was in active consideration of the government since long and it has been cleared thus benefiting about 57,000 persons.
 Talking to the Greater Kashmir, the Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo said the government has given its clearance for enhancement of the wages of the Anganwari workers and helpers who have engaged in implementing social welfare schemes.
 She said the monthly honorarium of the Anganwari workers and helpers have been hiked by Rs 300 and Rs 200 respectively. “Earlier the Angwanwari workers were getting Rs 1800 while helpers were being paid Rs 1200 per month. With this enhancement, the workers would now get Rs 2100 per month while helpers would receive Rs 1400 per month,” Sakina said.
 She further said the government has also enhanced the state share of monthly pension under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) from Rs 125 to Rs 200 from this month in respect various other schemes.
 “The issue was pending since long but it was in active consideration of the Chief Minister who has given its nod to increase the monthly wages of Anganwari workers and helpers,” she said.
 Anganwari workers and helpers have described it as a “partial victory” for them and said they would again make an appeal to the state government for implementing Minimum Wages Action (MWA) in Jammu and Kashmir.
 “Though our workers and helpers are not satisfied with the enhancement in their monthly wages yet it is a partial victory for us. The government should have hiked the honorarium of the workers and helpers as per the minimum wages act but it has not been done,” said Gafoor Dar, president J&K Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union.
 The leader said the union had asked for payment to workers and helpers on the pattern of Maharastra and Goa states. “Our workers have been playing multi-dimensional role as they have been engaged in Child Development projects, Census, family planning and other projects but they have not been paid according to their work. We will ask the government to further revise their wages,” Dar said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 IST

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