New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a landmark increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers while interacting with lakhs of them across the country via video conferencing. 

The announcement which will be effective from next month was made during a video bridge interaction with lakhs of ASHA, Anganwadi and auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) workers today.

PM 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.

The prime minister also announced significant increase in the honorarium given to Anganwadi workers. Anganwadis are rural child care centres. Those receiving Rs 3,000 so far, would  now receive Rs 4,000. Similarly those receiving Rs 2,200, would now get Rs 3,500.  The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,250.

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.

He interacted with teams of three as – the ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) from across the country.

He appreciated their efforts to work together, to use innovative means and technology, to improve the delivery of health and nutrition services and achieve the goal of the POSHAN Abhiyan – reduction of malnutrition in the country.

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