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Anganwadi workers & helpers to cease work

DIMAPUR, AUG 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/25/2019 11:39:51 AM IST

Anganwadi workers and helpers have resolved to cease all official works until all their pending arrears and honorarium at the enhanced rate approved by Government of India (GOI) was given to them with effect from October 1, 2018.

At a meeting held at the office of child development project officer – urban (CDPO) on Saturday, Anganwadi workers and helpers of Dimapur, Dimapur Rural, Dimapur Urban, Medziphema, Kuhuboto, Dhansiripar and Niuland further “resolved to withdraw the honorarium monthly after receiving the pending arrears and honorarium,” adding that the withdrawal of honorarium will effect from September 2019 onwards.

They appealed to the authority concerned to take necessary action at the earliest for the smooth functioning of the social welfare department.      

The Anganwadi workers and helpers alleged that it had been a decade that the social welfare department had been utterly unfair to them, adding it was a great shame and a major failure on the part of the State government as the department was one of the most important departments in a State like Nagaland. 

Claiming that various important welfare programmes and services were being initiated by them, Anganwadi workers and helpers said the State government should not underestimate and neglect them. The authority concerned should focus and take important steps for their uplift so that the socio-economic status of State progressed further, they added.

According to them, the honorarium given to the Anganwadi workers and helpers were Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,500 respectively, which was very less in comparison with other Indian States. They alleged that their honorariums too had never paid in time for the past three years. 

Mentioning that they could hardly manage expenditures with their honorariums, they said they did not even get a single day wage out of the small amounts they receive.

GoI had enhanced the honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers from Rs3,000 to Rs 4,500 per month and from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 per month respectively on October 1, 2018, they pointed out, following which all States in India had revised the honorariums as per the Centre’s directive, except Nagaland.

Though the social welfare department was the most important department, especially in a State like Nagaland where the socio-economic progress rate was very low, they alleged that the State government was giving less importance to the department, especially to them. 

Warning that many socio-economic services and programmes could get affected if the State government continued to neglect Anganwadi workers and helpers, they stressed that authority concerned should take necessary action at the earliest for the welfare of masses and socio-economic progress of the State.

 

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