Remuneration of Anganwadi workers and helpers(Aaya) will be hiked in Telangana. All Anganwadi workers and helpers would get increased salaries from March onwards. Chandrashekar Rao has already promised to develop Anganwadi centres as ideal ones and ensure supply of drinking waters through village panchayats and municipalities besides providing them with life insurance facility. He also agreed to provide timely salaries to them.
Services of the Anganwadi workers will be utilised in KG to PG scheme and supervisors will be appointed for strengthening Anganwadis in the State.These centres are playing a key role in educating and moulding students for better future. CM promised to protect their interests and provide equal respect in the society.
ICDS-run Anganwadi centres to get a one-time grant of Rs. 1,000
The Telangana government increased the remuneration of Anganwadi workers from Rs. 4,200 to Rs. 7,000 and that of helpers from Rs. 2,450 to Rs. 4,500 a month with immediate effect.
This was announced in the recent budget meeting by Finance Minister in the Assembly. He said that the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) run by Anganwadi centres will get a one-time grant of Rs. 1,000 to purchase utensils for the poor pregnant, lactating women and malnutrition child in order to provide proper nutrition supplement.
This was a gift on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao deplored the heavy responsibilities thrust on workers and helpers by the administration despite their poor financial condition. Quoting his interaction with them at the Secretariat recently, he said that they brought their own vessels from home to cook at Anganwadi centres. The previous governments ignored their demand for remuneration hike.
The commitment of the government towards women’s welfare had to be seen in the context of the decision of the Centre to reduce assistance to States under ICDS from Rs. 17,858 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 8,000 crore this year. This has imposed a heavy additional burden on the State government.