Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Odisha government announced a hike in the monthly remuneration of workers of Anganwadi and Mini Anganwadi centres in the state on Thursday. 

As per reports, the government hiked the monthly remuneration of Anganwadi workers from Rs 7,500 to Rs 10,000 and that of Mini Anganwadi workers from Rs 5,375 to Rs 7250. Moreover, Anganwadi assistants will now receive a monthly remuneration of Rs 5000 instead of Rs 3750. 

The hike will be effective retrospectively from October 1, 2023. The government will bear a financial burden of Rs 350 crore annually on account of this hike. 

The revised remuneration effective retrospectively will be available regularly from February 2024 while the arrears of four months from October 2023 to January 2024 will be credited into their accounts between March 5 and March 10. 

The Odisha government also announced a hike in pension and social security assistance for these workers as per the Exit policy.

The incentive assistance available to Anganwadi workers under the Exit policy has been hiked from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1 lakh, which will be effective from April 1, 2024. Mini Anganwadi workers will get Rs 75,000 instead of Rs 30,000 and Anganwadi assistants will get Rs 50,000 instead of Rs 20,000. 

In case of death in accidents, Anganwadi workers will get coverage of Rs 2 lakh and in case of disability in accidents; they will get Rs 1 lakh.