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Delhi Cabinet increases honorarium of Anganwadi workers by nearly 100%

NEW DELHI: In a significant development, the Delhi Cabinet chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday approved the proposal to increase the honorarium of anganwadi workers & helpers by nearly 100%. The increase for anganwadi workers is Rs 9,678 per month and helpers will get Rs 4,839 per month.

The Delhi government has also decided to to pay Rs 500 and Rs 250 per month as mobile/internet charges in addition to the honorarium. The proposal for hike in salaries will now be sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for approval. Once approved the government will notify it for implementation.

The decision is expected to benefit around 12,000 anganwadi workers. The honorarium of the anganwadi workers has been hiked from Rs 5,000 per month to Rs 9,678 per month. In the hiked honorarium, the Government of India's share remains the same at Rs 1800 per month, while the share of Delhi Government increases from Rs 3,200 to Rs 7,878 per month.

The cabinet also approved enhancement of the honorarium of anganwadi helpers from Rs 2,500 per month to Rs 4,839 per month. In the hiked honorarium, the Government of India's share remains the same at Rs 900 per month, while the share of Delhi Government increases from Rs 1600 to Rs 3939 per month.

In addition to the hike in honorarium, the Delhi Government has also decided to provide these anganwadi workers, anganwadi-cum-creche Workers and anganwadi Helpers with mobile/internet charges.

The decision on salary hike comes in wake of several inspections made at anganwadi centres to assess the conditions and operation issues by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Apart from the inspections, the Chief Minister also met anganwadi workers and helpers in batches at his residence. They had raised the issue of honorarium and mobile/internet charges in their meeting with the Chief Minister apart from other demands.

The deputy CM who is also the minister in charge of department of women and child development has also sought a report on the state of anganwadis based on the inspections to take measures to improve their conditions. The salary hike is seen as a move to bolster services by giving anganwadi workers salaries that given them dignity and motivate them to cater to the development needs of children in the 0-6 years age group and lactating mothers.

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