Govt Boosts Support for Anganwadi Workers, Helpers with Enhanced Incentives
The Government of India has taken significant steps to incentivize and empower Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Anganwadi Helpers (AWHs) across the country, aiming to enhance their well-being and contribution to community development.
In a major move, the honorarium for AWWs at main Anganwadi Centers has been increased from Rs. 3,000/- to Rs. 4,500/- per month, effective from October 1, 2018. Additionally, AWWs at mini-AWCs now receive Rs. 3,500/- per month, up from Rs. 2,250/-, and AWHs receive Rs. 2,250/- per month, up from Rs. 1,500/-. The government has also introduced a performance-linked incentive of Rs. 250/- per month for AWHs and Rs. 500/- for AWWs.
To further support these frontline workers, various initiatives have been implemented, including promotions, extended maternity leaves, provision of uniforms, and enhanced social security measures. Under the Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 Guidelines, promotional opportunities have been increased, and 50% of Anganwadi Workers’ posts will be filled by promoting Anganwadi Helpers with five years of experience.
Anganwadi Workers now enjoy 180 days of paid maternity leave, paid absence for abortion/miscarriage for 45 days, and 20 days of annual leave. The provision of two uniforms per annum for AWWs/AWHs, along with insurance benefits under schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, has been extended.
To address the evolving needs, the government has adopted technological advancements with the Poshan Tracker application, providing smartphones to Anganwadi Workers. This initiative aims to digitize and automate work processes, ensuring real-time data capture and improved quality of work.
In a landmark decision, the government has expanded the coverage of Ayushman Bharat to include all Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, offering health coverage of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family annually for secondary and tertiary medical care.
The measures outlined underscore the government’s commitment to recognizing the vital role played by Anganwadi Workers and Helpers and ensuring their well-being while providing essential services to communities.