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Asha, Anganwadi workers disappointed with pay hike announcement

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a pay hike for lakhs of Asha and Anganwadi workers from October, 2018, but the female community workers say they are quite disappointed by the quantum of increase announced.

The long awaited communication with Modi left most of community health and Anganwadi workers unhappy.

AR Sindhu, General Secretary of the All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) informed DTMT that the hike comes after waiting for seven years.

The centre has fixed minimum wages for Anganwadi workers who take care of children between 0-6 years of age at Rs 4,500 a month from October, while earlier minimum wages were Rs 3,000.

Sindhu explained, “In Uttar Pradesh, however, workers are already being paid Rs 4,000, that includes a 60 per cent share by the centre and 40 per cent share by the state. So in essence, the wages have risen in UP by only Rs 500 as of now.”

She said, “The wages for Anganwadi workers differ from state to state.”

The prime minister has fixed minimum wages for workers at Rs 2,250.

The AIFAWH leader stated, “We have demanded Rs 18,000 a month wage for Anganwadi and ASHA workers, a minimum standard set by the 7th Pay Commission.”

She said, “Nobody should be getting less than that.”

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