SGT Times Reporter
Chandigarh, December 30
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has made several important announcements in the interest of Anganwadi workers and helpers as new year gifts.
The Chief Minister announced to give Rs 1 lakh to Anganwadi workers and Rs 50,000 to helpers from December 31, 2021.
Also, the monthly remuneration will be increased to Rs 400 from September 2020 and Rs 450 from September 2021.
The arrears for two years (years 2019-20 and 2020-21) and an incentive of Rs 1000 will be given to all Anganwadi workers for working as frontline workers during COVID-19.
The Chief Minister made these announcements during a meeting held on Wednesday with the office bearers of Anganwadi Workers Union regarding their demands.
On occasion, Kamlesh Dhanda, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, was also present.
The Chief Minister took other essential decisions while considering the demands of the Anganwadi workers sympathetically.
He announced that no Anganwadi worker and helper would be removed from the Anganwadi centres.
Instead, the state government is opening crèches along with Anganwadis in the state. These crèches will have much better facilities for children. Along with fresh candidates, Anganwadi workers will also get a chance for recruitment in these crèches.
He said that Anganwadi workers would be covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme in the future.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, an amount of Rs 2 lakh will be provided in case of an accident. Under this scheme, a premium of Rs 12 per month will be paid by the state government.
On hearing about the death of two Anganwadi workers of Jhajjar district in an accident recently, CM announced an immediate release of Rs. 2 lakhs each for the victims on the spot. He said that the rent of all Anganwadi centres would be given by the Panchayat or ULB after reviewing from the PWD.
He mentioned that a policy would be formulated for the promotion of Anganwadi workers to the post of the supervisor through written examination.
The Chief Minister said that new changes are taking place in the modern era of technology.
It is the effort of the State Government that in future Anganwadis should also be modern and uplifted with better facilities for the children. For this purpose, all the Anganwadi workers will be given one mobile phone by the department so that they can keep the complete data report related to their Anganwadi online and maintain regular updates on the nutrition tracker app.
For this training will also be given to Anganwadi workers.
He further stated that using technology brings transparency in the system and eliminates the possibility of any malpractices.
He said that with the spirit of Antyodaya, the State Government is taking continuous steps to ensure that the benefits of government welfare schemes reach to the last person.
For this, Antyodaya fairs are being organised under the Chief Minister Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana, in which one lakh families with income of up to Rs. 1 lakh have been identified in the first phase.
Such identified families will be linked with scheme or self-employment as per their eligibility and the sole aim is to increase their family income.
So far, about 17,000 families have benefited through these fairs.
After the meeting, the representatives of Anganwadi Workers Union expressed their gratitude to CM and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Kamlesh Dhanda for accepting their demands.
They added that these announcements of the Chief Minister would directly benefit the families of thousands of Anganwadi workers and helpers in the state.