Govt increases remuneration for ASHA & Anganwadi workers

Besides doubling of their routine incentives, 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

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The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi interacting with the ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers from all over the country through video conference, in New Delhi on September 11, 2018.

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, has announced a landmark increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers. The announcement which will be effective from next month was made during a video bridge interaction with lakhs of ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers.

The Prime Minister 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.

Mr 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 the team of three As- the ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) from across the country through video conferencing. He appreciated their effort to work together, to use innovative means and technology, to improve the delivery of health and nutrition services and achieve the goal of POSHAN Abhiyan- reduction of malnutrition in the country.

Prime Minister recognized the contribution of grass-root health workers and thanked them for their efforts in building strong and healthy nation. The interaction was organized as part “poshan Maah”,   being observed this month. The programme is aimed towards taking the message of nutrition to every household.

Highlighting the National Nutrition Mission, PM said that ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ launched from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, targets reduction in incidence of stunting, anemia, malnutrition and low birth weight. He added that it is essential to involve maximum women and children with this movement.

PM said that the Government has focussed on aspects relating to nutrition and quality healthcare. Vaccination efforts are progressing at a quick pace, helping women and children in particular.