The honorarium paid to about 22,000 workersand helpers at Delhi government-run day-care centres under the Anganwadi scheme will be doubled soon.
Announcing the decision taken by the Cabinet on Saturday, CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Anganwadi workers and helpers would get Rs. 9,678 and Rs. 4,839 per month, respectively. He added that the workers and helpers would get an additional get an additional Rs. 500 and Rs. 250 per month, respectively, for mobile/internet charges.
Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, referring to the government’s ongoing drive of inspections, when he and senior officials assessed the working of the Anganwadi centres, they found several problems in the functioning, including fake registers of children and poor quality of food.
Apart from these, low honorarium paid to the workers and helpers was also found to be a major problem in the scheme.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia added that the government hoped that the increased honorariums would encourage the staff to work more efficiently.
About Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS):
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), a Government of India sponsored programme, is India’s primary social welfare scheme to tackle malnutrition and health problems in children below 6 years of age and pregnant and nursing mothers.
ICDS is India’s response to the challenge of meeting the holistic need of the child.
The ICDS team comprises the Anganwadi Workers, Anganwadi Helpers, Supervisors, Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) and District Programme Officers (DPOs).
Anganwadi Worker, a lady selected from the local community, is a community based frontline honorary worker of the ICDS Programme. She is also an agent of social change, mobilizing community support for better care of young children, girls and women.
Besides, the medical officers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) form a team with the ICDS functionaries to achieve convergence of different services.
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