Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the doubling of routine incentives given by the union government to ASHA workers. In addition, all ASHA workers and their helpers would be provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana.
Prime Minister also announced significant increase in the honorarium given to Anganwadi workers. Those receiving Rs. 3,000 so far, would now receive Rs. 4,500. Similarly those receiving Rs. 2,200, would now get Rs. 3,500. The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from Rs. 1,500 to Rs 2,250.
Prime Minister also announced that Anganwadi workers and helpers using techniques such as Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS), would get additional incentives. The incentives ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 500, would be based on performance.
The Prime Minister interacted with teams of three As – the ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) from across the country. He appreciated their efforts to work together, to use innovative means and technology, to improve the delivery of health and nutrition services and achieve the goal of the POSHAN Abhiyan – reduction of malnutrition in the country.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Rajesh Shinde, secretary of Maharashtra Anganwadi Workers Association, said, “The increase in remuneration is very less. In return for their work the wages they receive is very low. We are not satisfied with this increment. We demand that the anganwadi workers be made permanent workers, give us medical leaves, and allow us to take the 21 bank holidays which fall during the course of the year. We will launch a morcha on September 25 to voice our demands. ”