PM Modi announces pay hike for ASHA and Anganwadi workers


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a landmark increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers while interacting with lakhs of them across the country via video conferencing. The pay hikes will be effective from next month.

PM 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.

PM Modi also announced significant increase in the honorarium given to Anganwadi workers. Those receiving Rs 3000 so far, would now receive Rs 4500. Similarly those receiving Rs 2200, would now get Rs 3500.  The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from Rs 1500 to Rs 2250.

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.

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